Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.
The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman, Illinois’ 8th District, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Currently, Lt. Col. Duckworth represents the residents of Illinois’ 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Blackhawk helicopter pilot serving in Iraq for the Illinois Army National Guard, Duckworth was seriously injured when her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries and has since become an advocate for her fellow soldiers, veterans and wounded warriors. Duckworth declined a medical retirement and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
The City of Chicago will give special recognition to our fallen heroes and their survivors at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade. Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the ultimate sacrifice they made.
Gold Star families are supported through the tireless efforts from countless individuals, including the recipient of the 2014 Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award, James L. Frazier. Frazier will be honored at the ceremony for his leadership, patriotism and selfless devotion to the Illinois Gold Star Families and to the men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In 2003, Frazier’s son Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier, USAF Special Operations, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Since the death of his son, Frazier has fully committed his time and efforts to supporting Illinois Gold Star Families as the Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator for the U.S. Army, Northern Illinois.
The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.
|Learn about the Gold Star Pins and watch a video at www.goldstarpins.org.|
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Wreath Laying Ceremony begins @ 11 am; Parade begins @ 12 Noon
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
State St. & Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60602
The following services are available for persons with disabilities:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station.
For more travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com