Hundreds Attend Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony

Bob Roberts
May 26, 2018 - 1:28 pm
Memorial Day ceremony

City of Chicago

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Those who have died in combat for the United States and their families were honored in a solemn Daley Plaza wreath-laying ceremony that preceded the Memorial Day parade.  

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that while Americans everywhere recognize the flag-draped coffin and the playing of Taps, few other than the families of those who died in combat know what happens next -- missed birthdays, holidays and family celebrations; children and grandchildren they will never meet, and empty chairs at dinner tables among them  -- events that the mayor said are "not complete.” 

Parade Grand Marshal and Army Maj. Gen. Charles Whittington, the second-in-command of the First U.S. Army, said the commemoration should be solemn. But, he said, there also should be a celebration of the bravery and honor of those who gave their lives. 

He said it shows the nation at its best.

Hundreds of people came out to attend the ceremony.