There’s a reason we hold our armed forces so high. They risk their lives to instill the freedom of our country. That’s why we continue celebrations of the returned, the wounded, the missing in action and the dead of the United States.
On Memorial Day we celebrate the women and men in the United States that have fought valiantly to maintain or freedom. Some of these heroes are still with us, and some have fallen, but all should be honored for putting their lives on the line for us.
Lake County is home to one of the oldest naval bases in the state as Naval Station Great Lakes is our neighbor.
With the Navy, to the Army, to the Marines, to the Air Force and to the Coast Guard – Visit Lake County would like to extend our appreciation, gratitude and our thank you for your service.
On our extended weekend, we look at the 2016 Lake County Memorial Day Parades
2016 Lake County Memorial Day Parades
Grayslake Memorial Day Parade
Location: Downtown Grayslake
Route: Lake St to Junior Avenue to Memorial Park
Start: 9:30 a.m.
Libertyville Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Location: Cook Park and Lakeside Cemetary
Route: Commuter Train Station to Cook Park
Start: 9:30 a.m., Memorial Day ceremony at 9:45 a.m.
Location: Downtown Waukegan
Route: South from Genesee St & Grand Ave-west on Clayton St-south on Martin Luther King Jr Ave., west on Washington St ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza @ West and Washington St
Start: 10:30 a.m.
Lake Zurich Memorial Parade
Location: Lake Zurich’s American Legion & Downtown
Route: 51 Lions Dr to Veterans Monument @ 200 Mohawk Trail/brief service to follow
Start: 10 a.m.
Mundelein Memorial Day Parade
Location: Mundelein Village Hall
Route: New Village Hall -west on Hawley St to Greenview Avenue – Memorial Park
Start: 10 a.m.
Ceremonies and other Events
College of Lake County Memorial Day Ceremony
Friday @ Noon
Come out and help celebrate the veterans at the CLC Memorial Day celebration. The keynote speaker will be Paul Hettich, U.S. Army. Other speakers include CLC President Dr. Jerry Weber; Ellen Dimock, Gold Star Mother of Spc. Joey W. Dimock II, U.S. Army Ranger; Spc. Margaret Bennett, U.S. Army; and Sgt. Matthew J. Pirrello, U.S. Army Recruiter. Reading of the meaning of America’s White Table will be done by Hettich’s sons, Col. Paul J. Hettich and CW4 (retired) Philip A. Hettich, Apache Pilot U.S. Army. The master of ceremonies will be Mike Peck, superintendent of the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission.
Lecture: The Calumet Navy Yard and the Fight for Civil Rights, 1942-1945
Friday @ 12:15 -1:15 p.m.
It’s Memorial Day this weekend, and Great Lakes Naval Museum is the
perfect place to honor those who fought. The Naval Station Great Lakes museum will host a lecture: The Calumet Navy Yard and the Fight for Civil Rights, 1942-45. In early 1942, the U.S. Navy turned to the nation’s railroad car builder, Pullman, for 78 naval warships. In just 30 months, the shipyard’s 6,000 men and women dramatically challenged American racial segregation. Archivist Martin Tuohy will explore all of this and more in the free lecture.
The Illinois Brass Band – Memorial Day Weekend Concert
Sunday @ 2 p.m.
The Illinois Brass Band, winners of six
North American Band Association
awards, will perform a free Memorial Day weekend concert at the outdoor stage of the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center on Sunday. Enjoy some great music with the family.
Essence Of Freedom Run
Monday @ 7:45 a.m. – Noon
The Essence Of Freedom Run is an annual event to raise funds that are desperately needed by the brave men and women both active duty and Veterans, who defend our country in the armed forces. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and run through the streets of downtown Deerfield. Active Duty, including Police and Fire Departments, run free.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Gurnee
Monday @ Noon
The Gurnee American Legion Post 771 will be holding the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Gurnee Memorial (located in front of the Police Station at the intersection on Washington & O’Plaine Road). The ceremony will feature the guest speaker and patriotic music. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion Post.
Recline and relax as you take part in the 2016 Lake County Memorial Day Parades and other events.