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Update! Naperville Memorial Day Parade is canceled!

Alert! Due to the forecast of extreme heat tomorrow, May 28, the 2018 Naperville Memorial Day Parade has been canceled.

The annual observance in Central Park will begin at 11AM.

The early morning flag raising ceremonies will be held as scheduled.

7:45AM – Flag raising and service at Sept. 11-Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial at City Hall– (taps & volley)

8:15AM – Service at Veterans Park (Gartner Rd.) – (taps & volley)

8:35AM – Service at Burlington Park Doughboy Monument – (taps & volley)

9AM – Service at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery (taps & volley)

9:45AM – Service at GAR Monument in Naperville Cemetery – (taps & volley)

ICYMI / Friday

Vinegar Tom– 7:30PM | $10
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College offers five performances of the socially conscious musical “Vinegar Tom” at 7:30PM May 24-26 and 2PM. May 26-27 in the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Written at the height of the second wave of feminism in 1976 by British playwright Caryl Churchill, the play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per student. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

ICYMI / Saturday

7th Annual Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck – 8AM | $35
Plainfield North High School – 12005 South 248th Ave. Plainfield, IL 60585
Operation Welcome You Home, NFP 7th Annual 5K will help Veterans needing our support with including but not limited to: John Deere Riding lawn mowers with snowplow attachment, ActionTracker Mobile Wheelchairs, airfare for parents to visit their Wounded Warrior Spouse/Son/Daughter at Bethesda Hospital recuperating/rehabbing from their injuries sustained while in combat, help with burial expenses, temporary financial assistance, food and other ways helping those who serve our Country so we may be free. runforthebrave5krunwalkruck.itsyourrace.com.

Herb Day! – 10AM | Free
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd Aurora, IL 60504
A day to delight all five senses! Joannie, a local herb expert, will teach you how to grow and use herbs. All talks in Aurora and are free. 10AM: Herbs in the Garden 11AM: Herbs in the Kitchen noon: Herbs in Containers. Cost: Materials used. www.thegrowingplace.com.

Centennial Beach Opens! – 11AM | Admission
Centennial Beach – Jackson Avenue Naperville 60540
The Naperville Park District announces its Memorial Day Weekend operating hours for facilities and the opening of Centennial Beach for the season at 11AM on Sat., May 26. For other details about the summer at The Beach and other Naperville Park District facilities including 137 parks, check out PN’s post.

Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Caseys Foods located at Naperville Plaza will be firing up its grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM through October, weather permitting. Choose from a variety of options, including burgers, brats, tacos or the weekly special. Its great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere. Watch for Saturday specials, too, at the Butcher Counter and the Gourmet Foods Section. Casey’s Pork K-bobs are only $7.98/lb. And for the first time, Casey’s Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts, a new specialty, are only $5.98/lb.

The 2018 Buddy Poppy Campaign is now in progress in front of Casey’s Foods. (PN File Photo)

Thanks, too, for supporting the Buddy Poppy Campaign now in progress and its mission to provide services to disabled veterans and their families. Watch for folks distributing the Buddy Poppies in Naperville Plaza, in downtown Naperville and at many local shopping centers. Click here for more details and the Mayor’s Proclamation recognizing May 23-May 28 as VFW Buddy Poppy Days in Naperville.

ICYMI / Sunday

Commencement Ceremonies for School District 204 – Congratulations Graduates!

Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America 2:30PM | Cost varies  
Ratio Hall (Wentz Science Center), 131 S. Loomis St. Naperville, IL 60540
Anderson’s Jon Meacham event location has moved. Now the presentation is slated for 2:30 PM, Sun., May 27, at Ratio Hall (Wentz Science Center), 131 S. Loomis St. on the campus of North Central College. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham returns with the answer to calm our fears. His new title, The Soul of America, highlights other times when our government has weathered storms and the darkest strife. Come learn more about what President Lincoln called “our better angels” just when we need it the most! Former Assistant US Attorney Dan Purdom is the moderator. Presentation and signing line. Purchase your ticket by stopping in or calling Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville at (630) 355-2665.

Monday – Memorial Day

For more than 90 years, observances at local cemeteries with ceremonial red poppy wreath laying are included to commemorate Memorial Day in Naperville. Prior to the parade, veterans decorate local cemeteries and veterans’ monuments. During the parade they pause at Veterans Plaza along the Riverwalk and after the parade they recognize fallen soldiers in Central Park.

Update! Naperville Memorial Day Parade is canceled!

Alert! Due to the forecast of extreme heat tomorrow, May 28, the 2018 Naperville Memorial Day Parade has been canceled.

The annual observance in Central Park will begin at 11AM.

The early morning flag raising ceremonies will be held as scheduled.

Memorial Day Schedule

Note: Morning flag raising services will begin 15 minutes earlier again this year.

7:45AM – Flag raising and service at 9/11-Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial – (taps & volley)

8:15AM – Service at Veterans Park (Gartner Rd.) – (taps & volley)

8:35AM – Service at Burlington Square Park Doughboy Monument – (taps & volley)

9AM – Service at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery (taps & volley)

9:45AM – Service at GAR Monument in Naperville Cemetery – (taps & volley)

Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10:30AM

10:30AM – Advance section of parade steps off from Jackson and Ewing. Spectators are asked to line the street east of Ewing in order to enjoy all the band in the parade.

10:40AM – Service at Veterans Plaza, corner of Webster & Jackson. Then the Main Parade steps off from Jackson & West St., East to Washington, North to Benton, East to Court Place (Veterans & Military Units), East to Ss. Peter & Paul parking lot.

Memorial Day Observance in Central Park at 11AM (Note hour change)

11AM – Immediately following the conclusion of the colorful red, white and blue parade, an observance with patriotic messages from guest speakers and musical tributes performed by the Naperville Municipal Band again will be held in Central Park at the Community Concert Center. Additional selected music will be provided by Metea Valley High School during the 30-minute observance. 

Editor’s Note: With plenty of seating on park benches, the annual Memorial Day Observance in Central Park is another meaningful way to pay tribute to all military service men, women and families who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect this nation’s freedom.