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Chicago's Memorial Day Parade

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. General Kenneth R. Dahl

United States Army, Lt. General Kenneth R. Dahl, Commanding General, IMCOM will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. Lt. General Kenneth R. Dahl came to IMCOM from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, where he served as deputy commanding general for I Corps. He joined I Corps following a one-year deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he served as deputy commanding general-support, United States Forces Afghanistan and also commander of the United States National Support Element. Read Lt. General Kenneth R. Dahl's complete bio (PDF).

For the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, Lt. General Kenneth R. Dahl will join Mayor Rahm Emanuel along with service members, veterans and Gold Star families in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Eli Williamson is this year’s recipient of the Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award for his leadership, patriotism and selfless devotion to serving veterans as the co-founder and president of Leave No Veteran Behind. Prior to 2009, Mr. Williamson served in the Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a civilian he co-founded Leave No Veteran Behind, an organization that invests in veterans by assisting with employment opportunities, transitional jobs and a veteran educational debt relief scholarship. Mr. Williamson is committed to investing in the heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets to their communities.

The mission of the JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Each year the City of Chicago acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our cadets to our community by honoring a JROTC student with the Cadet of the Year Award. George Pina, a student at the Chicago Military Academy has shown both the leadership and enthusiasm that this award represents. He serves at the Academy as the Cadet Battalion S-3 Sergeant Major, responsible for the training and operations of over 320 Chicago Public Schools JROTC cadets. Cadet Pina has congressional nominations to the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy and has been invited to attend the United States Naval Academy Prep School next year for college. His passion for his work has earned him the respect of his peers, and he has become a role model to others.

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.

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




Saturday, May 28, 2016




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








Fully accessible.




Public Transportation:
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. 

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