McHenry County's Memorial Day events

Veterans Tom Waltenburg of Algonquin (from left), Danny Malone of Cary and Mathius Carter of Cary salute the flag during the laying of the memorial wreaths at last year's Crystal Lake Memorial Day Service at Union Cemetery.
Veterans Tom Waltenburg of Algonquin (from left), Danny Malone of Cary and Mathius Carter of Cary salute the flag during the laying of the memorial wreaths at last year's Crystal Lake Memorial Day Service at Union Cemetery.

The following events are taking place for Memorial Day in McHenry County. All events take place May 29 unless otherwise noted.

Algonquin – Lake in the Hills

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, 10:30 a.m., Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St., Algonquin. The ceremony will include an opening prayer, guest speakers and patriotic songs. Master of ceremonies will be Navy veteran Gary Jenson. Guest speakers include both presidents from the villages of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills, Russ Ruzanski and John Schmitt. Other speakers will be Algonquin residents Christine Chunn and Jim Castellano. A wreath will be laid in the water and a POW/MIA flag placed over an empty chair. There also will be a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of echo taps by two Jacobs High School students. The ceremony will end with a closing prayer. Hosted by Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231. Information: Jim Mertz, 847-658-3363.


CARY-GROVE AMVETS FLAGS AT WINDRIDGE, 5 to 6 p.m. May 26, Windridge Memorial Park, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Road, Cary. Information: Gary Foster, 847-639-3936.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, 10:15 a.m., starting at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, First Street and Three Oaks Road, Cary. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at Cary Veterans Park and conclude before noon. Information: Cmdr. Al Young, 847-639-7684.

Crystal Lake

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE, 10 to 11 a.m., The Fountains at Crystal Lake, 965 N. Brighton Circle West, Crystal Lake. Dessert and coffee will be served following the ceremony. Free. Register by May 26 at 815-893-8431.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEMETERY SERVICE, 11 a.m., starting at Crystal Lake Central High School, then proceed east on Franklin Avenue, north on Williams Street and west on Woodstock Street to Union Cemetery for a memorial service conducted by Crystal Lake American Legion Post 171. Information: 815-459-2020 or

Fox River Grove

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, 8:30 a.m., starting at Algonquin Road School, 975 Algonquin Road, Fox River Grove. Parade will continue down Algonquin Road to South River Road to the baseball diamond at Lions Park for a program. Information: Cmdr. Marv Jedicker, 847-639-3459.


MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, 10 a.m. Mount Auburn Cemetery, 20501 E. Brink St., Harvard. In case of rain the ceremony will take place at the Harvard High School gym. Hosted by American Legion Post 265. Information: 815-943-4431.


MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE, 9:30 a.m., Tygard Gymnasium at Alden-Hebron High School, 9604 Illinois St., Hebron. Hosted by American Legion Post 606.


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, 11 a.m., starting at the Huntley Municipal Complex, 10987 Main St., then proceed west on Main Street to the Huntley Square Gazebo for a brief ceremony. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 673. Information: Patrick Conley, 847-802-8280, or 847-669-8485.


MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY & PARADE, 9 a.m., starting at the Waterfront Hotel & Marina by the Chapel Hill Bridge, Johnsburg. A river wreath ceremony will be conducted to honor veterans lost at sea during naval battles. Flying aircraft again are part of the ceremonies. The parade follows the ceremony and will proceed directly to the Johnsburg Community Club for a concluding ceremony at the Armed Forces Memorial. A baseball game will follow. Food and beverages will be served picnic style. Antique and military vehicles also will be on display. Hosted by Johnsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11496. Information:


MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS, 8 a.m. brief ceremony at Riley Cemetery; 9 a.m. brief ceremony at the Catholic Cemetery on North State Street; 9:15 a.m. ceremony at Calvin Spencer Park; 10 to 10:30 a.m. Marengo Community High School band will perform in front of the Marengo Fire Station on East Prairie Street; 10:30 a.m. procession to the Marengo City Cemetery where Chief Richard Solarz of the Marengo Police Department will be the guest speaker. Children are invited to decorate their bikes patriotically and ride with the procession from the fire station to the Marengo City Cemetery. Information: 815-568-7112.


MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, 10 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St., McHenry. The annual ceremony includes a brief parade and placement of the ceremonial wreath at St. Patrick’s Cemetery and in the Fox River, concluding with taps and a rifle salute. Information: 815-385-4600 or


MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE, 10:30 a.m., Stevens Park, Broadway and Main streets, Richmond. Hosted by the Richmond American Legion Post 253. Information: Cmdr. Bob Howe, 815-482-3642.

Spring Grove

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, 9 a.m., a short procession parade from the Spring Grove Fire Department to Horse Fair Park followed by a ceremony. Information: 815-675-2121 or


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY, 8 a.m., beginning in front of the Union Fire Department, 6606 Main St., Union. Doughnuts and coffee available to the public starting at 8 a.m., with bicycle judging at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the parade will start at the Union Fire Department and end at the cemetery for a ceremony. Information: 815-923-4153.


MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY & PARADE, 10 a.m., Woodstock Square. Ceremony will be followed immediately by the annual parade. Information: 815-338-4300 or

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