Chicago Honors Fallen Service Men And Women With Annual Memorial Day Parade

Bob Roberts
May 26, 2018 - 4:02 pm
Memorial Day Parade

City of Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago honored those who died in combat in its annual Memorial Day Parade Saturday.

Thousands lined the streets for the two-hour parade that stepped off at noon and proceeded south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.  It followed a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza.

Major General Charles W. Whittington Jr., Deputy Commanding General, First United States Army, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal.  He is responsible for assisting the Commanding General with the training, readiness and mobilization of all Army National Guard and Army Reserve units across the United States and two U.S. territories. 

Whittington joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, service members, veterans and Gold Star families for the wreath-laying ceremony and parade.

Gold Star Lapel Pins and the Next of Kin Lapel Pins are presented to families not as an award, but as symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and their ultimate sacrifice, city officials said.