Locals remember the fallen during heartfelt Memorial Day observances
New Trier Township communities honored America’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day with solemn tributes among neighbors.
The ceremonies — which were held in Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe on Monday morning, May 31, and in Kenilworth on Sunday, May 23 — specifically recognized and memorialized the hundreds of local sons and daughters who died while serving in the United States armed forces.
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Dozens of Winnetkans spread out through the Village Green to take in a collaborative effort for the town’s 94th annual Memorial Day Observance. Numerous organization contributed, including the Girl and Boy Scouts, the North Shore Country Day middle school chorus, the New Trier VFW, and individuals from New Trier High School, the Sheridan Singers and Winnetka Congregational Church.
U.S. Army veteran Capt. Matt Schachman acted as the master of ceremonies and welcomed special guest retired U.S. Army Capt. J. Colin Daniels, a Winnetka native, who delivered a stirring address honoring the country and his young comrades who died in battle.
Glencoe observed the occasion with a ceremony in its newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park, where a wreath was placed near a memorial wall.
In Wilmette, residents gathered on the back lawn outside the Village Hall. Town officials spoke, as did the American Legion, which recently merged with the Morton Grove post.
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