Come on out and honor the men, women and families who have fought for our country. The 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Chicago with our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as the Chicago Memorial Day parade kicks off at 12:00 pm and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. CLICK BOTTOM FOR INFO
Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, will serve as the Grand Marshal. Lieutenant General Walsh attended the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to become a Naval Aviator in 1981. After attending the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School and serving on two deployments, he assumed the duties as a flight instructor at TOPGUN in 1987. In 2002, he graduated from the National War College in Washington D.C. with a Masters in Science in National Security Strategy. He has served in countless command posts to include as the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing deploying the wing to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. He assumed his current command in August 2015. For the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, he 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.
Memorial Day has a rich history. It began shortly after the Civil War ended when General John Logan proclaimed that the 30th day of May be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died. The day, first observed on May 30, 1868, was called Decoration Day. The modern day event is similar, but the original idea has been expanded and now honors all fallen soldiers.
The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Participants in the parade include area high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps as well as many veterans’ groups, 6,000 JROTC cadets and the military. Parade participants will also include the singing of the National Anthem by Aleece Baker on behalf of the USO of Illinois as well as a procession of antique military vehicles provided by the USO.
Wreath Laying Ceremony: 11 a.m.
Parade: 12 p.m.