American Legion Holds Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2011
The American Legion Post 690 is sponsoring a Memorial Day Parade and other related activities on Monday, May 30th beginning at 10:00 AM with a service at Hillside Cemetery on Smith Street in Palatine.
The parade will start at 10:15 AM at Cornell Avenue and Smith Street. The route will be north on Smith Street, east on Robertson Street, south on Brockway Street and then east on Wood Street to the Veterans Memorial in Community Park.
Following the parade at 11:00 AM there will be a short program at the Veterans Memorial and then another ceremony at the Legion Memorial in Towne Square at 150 W. Palatine Road beginning at 12:15 PM. Community members are invited to the American Legion across the street from Towne Square following the ceremonies.
The parade will include color guards of the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. Contingents from the Palatine Police and Fire Departments as well as community leaders and a number of youth groups will also participate. The Palatine High School Marching Band will be performing the National Anthem and other patriotic music during the parade and throughout the rest of the program.
Groups who would like to participate in the parade are asked to call the American Legion at 847-359-1606 after noon on any day and leave their name and phone number. A member of the parade committee will return their call and fill them in on the arrangements.
“To help the community honor our veterans, we will be selling American flags from our clubroom in the American Legion at 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine,” said Jeff Johnson, Commander of the Sons of the American Legion. “Flags are $20.00 each. We also have flag poles and mounting hardware for an additional $10.00.”
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The Palatine Chapter holds their monthly general meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Hall on Palatine Road in Palatine. For further information on the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to the American Legion, 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606, email them at email@example.com or visit www.alpost690.us.