This year’s program will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The keynote speaker will be freelance reporter and historian, Dave Gathman, who will reflect on the war and Elgin’s involvement in the conflict. This ceremony will also include the Elgin Master Chorale and Elgin High School Band. Local students will continue the long held tradition of reading Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and General John Logan’s Orders which established Memorial Day.
The most solemn moment of the morning will be the laying of organizational wreaths at the Grand Army of the Republic memorial – an observance akin to the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington D.C. Activities will include a roll call of deceased veterans, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.
Co-Sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the City of Elgin.
Contact: Please visit www.elginmemorialday.org
Location: Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd.
Time: 11:00 a.m.