Naperville native and history buff Steve Hyett who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam again will add local color to the parade as he narrates the scene along Jackson Avenue for NCTV17 and all ages.
“I am humbled and honored to be asked back again as emcee for the Naperville Memorial Day Parade,” Hyett said. “To me, this one parade is the most important of all the parades we have in Naperville. It honors veterans, but more importantly, it honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. Those of us who served and have come back to live another day can’t begin to do enough for those who will never come back, and to especially thank and honor those Gold Star parents who lost so much.”
Hyett added that he aims to impart to the NCTV17 viewers and attendees “some of the heavy debt we owe to those who are not with us today… and that Memorial Day is not just some extra day-off holiday to celebrate around the picnic table. It’s truly a day of remembrance and honor.”
Hyett also will introduce the inaugural display of patriotic banners in remembrance of the fallen who served Naperville and this nation, giving the supreme sacrifice since the founding of Naperville in 1831.
How to retire an American Flag respectfully
When an American flag becomes worn, torn or faded, Old Glory should be retired and replaced with a new flag.
While there are several ways to dispose of the American flag with dignity, a handy receptacle located just outside the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 makes it easy to deposit torn and faded American Flags.
Simply fold the Stars and Stripes and drop it in the red, white and blue receptacle marked “Flag Drop” along the driveway. Members of the VFW and American Legion will take care of the rest.
The Judd Kendall VFW is located at 908 W. Jackson Avenue, just west of Centennial Beach and near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.
Brief Bio of Steve Hyett
Steve Hyett grew up on a small farm just west of Naperville on Eola Road, within biking distance of the CA&E tracks at Batavia Junction. He went to Naperville Community High School. Steve says he was drafted out of college in Iowa for an all-expenses-paid tour of South Vietnam, courtesy of Uncle Sam’s Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star, two Army Commen-dation medals, and attained the rank of Sergeant in only eighteen months.