Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

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Memorial Day Parade
The Village of Arlington Heights' 105th Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27th, 2024. This annual event is organized by the American Legion and Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights. 

The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The parade begins at Arlington Heights Road and Sigwalt Street, goes west to Sigwalt, turns north on Dunton, turns west on Euclid, and south on Chestnut. (Parade map below.) The parade concludes at Memorial Park, where the Memorial Day Ceremony takes place, at 11 a.m. 

No Sirens During Parade
Please note that vehicles will not honk horns or ring sirens during this parade, as this event is intended as a memorial to those who have lost their lives, and is not seen as a celebration. Village vehicles will ring their sirens in celebration at the Fourth of July Parade. 

Calling All Veterans! Please Join Us to Participate in the Memorial Day Parade  
If you served in any one of the US Military Services, we would be most honored to have you participate in the Memorial Day Parade – and you don’t have to from Arlington Heights. All vets from everywhere are welcome!  Please feel free to “fall in” with one of the veterans organizations OR to join the groups of vets who join the parade. If you need to RIDE in the parade, we have volunteer jeeps and trailers drive you the whole route. If you would like to participate please complete and submit the application by Friday, May 24, 2024. Please email [email protected] for more information or if you need a ride! 

Memorial Day Ceremony: Memorial Park at 11 a.m. 
At the end of the parade, the Memorial Day Ceremony honors and remembers all those who have given their lives for our Freedoms - especially Arlington’s Fallen Heroes – the 59 young men from our town who died in the service of our Nation from the Civil War through Afghanistan.  At this Ceremony, a list of names of veterans who have passed away in the preceding 12 months will be read. 

Resident Participation: A Special Request to the Community

arlington remembersThe Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights has provided a list of tips and ideas for residents to express their gratitude this Memorial Day: 

  1. Print out the Arlington Remembers sign.  Place this sign in the windows of your home, business, school or organization. Please note that this is a two-sided sign and we encourage you to read the names of Arlington’s Fallen Heroes on the backside.
  2. At the parade, wave the Arlington Remembers sign as our military and veterans pass by.
  3. If you are marching in the parade, please consider carrying signs, flags or banners that say thank you veterans!” 
  4. If you are watching the parade along the route, please stand up, clap and say “Thank You” to our veterans and active duty military as they march by.  For our Vietnam Veterans, say “Welcome Home.”
  5. Along the parade route, consider decorating buildings with banners, signs, flags, bunting – whatever is possible.
  6. Or come up with your own create way of saying “Thank You” for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active duty military.

Map of the Memorial Day Parade Route
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