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With all due respect

Local communities plan observances Monday

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:28 a.m. CST

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Across our nation this Memorial Day, our citizens and veterans will gather to pay homage to America’s finest men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom.

Honored will be those who gave what Abraham Lincoln called the “last full measure of devotion” in the fight for our liberty.

It’s worth noting that our nation was at war 230 years ago, as the American Revolution ended in 1783, and it was 200 years ago when our soldiers were dying on the battlefield in the War of 1812. It was 150 years ago, in 1863, after the greatest battle ever fought on American soil, that Lincoln uttered the words of the Gettysburg address as our nation dedicated “a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who gave their lives so our nation might live.”

Seventy years ago, more Americans were dying in World War II. In 1953, we ended the Korean War. In 1973, we ended the Vietnam War.

In Grundy County, various gather ings will honor those who gave the “last full measure of devotion.” They include:

Morris – John Martin Steele VFW Post 6049 will sponsor a parade and Memorial Day observance on Monday May 27.

The parade is open to the public and will start at Chapin Park about 10:40 a.m. and go down Liberty Street to the Grundy County Courthouse. After the parade, the VFW will host the annual Memorial Day observance at the courthouse.

The VFW will host a luncheon afterward at the Post, 309 McKinley St.

Memorial Grave flags are available at the VFW, the Morris American Legion and the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission office.

Minooka – Minooka American Legion Post 1188 will also host a parade and observance on Monday May 27.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. from the Minooka Bible Church. Participants are asked to arrive and line up by 9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed through downtown Minooka to the Veterans Park (corner of Mondamin and Wabena streets).

An observance will follow the parade at the park.

Coal City, Diamond & Carbon Hill – American Legion Post 796 will host an observance at the Veteran’s Monument at Coal City Intermediate School on Division Street in Coal City. The St Juvin VFW will also be involved with the observance.

The event starts at 11 a.m. During the program, several local veterans and service members will be recognized.

Mazon – Mazon American Legion Post 352 will conduct Memorial Day observances in both Mazon and Ward cemeteries on Monday, May 27.

The services for Mazon Cemetery will commence at 10:30 a.m., with services for Ward Cemetery to follow at 11 a.m.

If weather will not permit the outdoor services, a single service will be held at the Mazon Legion Post, 500 Depot St., Mazon, at 11 a.m. 

There are many other local events in honor of Memorial Day planned, so please contact your local veteran’s organization for the details of those events.

If you are unable to attend an observance in your community, please take a moment during your day to pause and remember all those that have served our nation and especially those that have given the “last full measure of devotion” to their country.

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