Update! Naperville Memorial Day Parade is canceled!

Alert! Due to the forecast of extreme heat, May 28, organizers of the 2018 Naperville Memorial Day Parade announced Sunday evening that the annual Memorial Day Parade had been canceled.

Yes. This decision was a very tough call for the Memorial Day Parade Committee, mostly veterans. Thanks for understanding public safety comes first during this Memorial Day with a forecast to be the hottest Memorial Day on record in Naperville. When temperatures climb above 90 degrees, schools have rules about student participation in outdoor events. Naperville loves this parade. God bless America.

Memorial Day Flag Raising ceremonies in memoriam begin at 7:45AM

The early morning flag raising ceremonies, complete with Honor Guard, 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)

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

11AM – The annual 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. 

Help fill Central Park where the wreath laying and musical tributes will give everyone a chance to remember all 114 Naperville men and women who have fallen for all of us since the days of the Black Hawk War.

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.

Remember the fallen every day, and especially on Memorial Day. Fly flags at half staff until noon.

Thanks for wearing Buddy Poppies! Remember.

Thanks, too, for supporting the American Legion and the VFW Buddy Poppy Campaigns with a mission to provide services to disabled veterans and their families. Thanks also to all volunteers for 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.