Downtown Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Veterans

Rachel Pierson
May 25, 2019 - 6:24 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Memorial Day Parade walked down State Street with lines of service members from the military who honored Chicago's fallen soldiers and had the city watching. 

Mayor Lightfoot attended the parade and visited with gold star families who lost loved ones in battle.

"We will always honor your loved ones service and we will be here for them as the city of Chicago," Lightfoot said.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Irag War veteran and strong veterans rights activist,  was in attendance and said the parade's big turnout shows that the city recognizes those lost in battle. Valueing Chicago's fallen community is important, she said. 

"That means a lot to me personally, that we continue to honor our fallen," Duckworth said. 

Although it can be normal to remember fallen soldiers on Mmeorial Day and be patriotic, Major General Marion Garcia, Commanding General, 200th Military Police Command and United States Army Reserve said she wants to challenge people to give the same appreciation every day. 

"I would recommend that people take a moment of silence every now and again," Garcia said. 

She served as Grand Marshal of Chicago's Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony.