Local holiday events

May 26, 2013 

Here is a list of Memorial Day events in the metro-east today:

ALTON

Alton Memorial Day Parade -- The parade is billed as "the oldest consecutive-running parade in the nation." It begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Alton Middle School. From College Avenue, it will go south on Washington, east on Edwards, north on Main, west on College and north on Washington to Upper Alton Cemetery.

Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony -- The eighth-annual ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Alton National Cemetery, 600 Pearl St.

BELLEVILLE

Belleville Memorial Day Parade -- The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday at Cathedral Grade School and goes north on South Second, East on West Main to the Belleville Public Square, east on East Main and south on Mascoutah, ending at Walnut Hills Cemetery. It's sponsored by Belleville Memorial Day Association; this year's host is Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1739. A ceremony follows about 11 a.m. with speaker U.S. Air Force Col. Paul R. McLaughlin from Scott Air Force Base. In case of rain, it will be moved to the Swansea Improvement Association Hall, 301 Service St. in Swansea.

Mount Carmel Memorial Day Rose Mass -- The Catholic Diocese of Belleville Cemetery Association will celebrate its annual rose Mass at 9 a.m. Monday at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 10101 W. Main St. in Belleville. Roses for loved ones will be placed on the outdoor altar. For more information, call 618-397-0802.

Scott Air Force Base Memorial Day Service -- Scott Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4183 host a service at 9 a.m. Monday at the post, 1516 Old State Route 158 in Belleville. The speaker is U.S. Air Force Col. Elizabeth Harrel.

The Avenue of Flags at Valhalla Gardens -- After a two-year hiatus, the display will return with 1,888 American flags placed on veteran graves. The cemetery at 3412 Frank Scott Parkway will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

CASEYVILLE

Caseyville Memorial Day services -- Veterans of Foreign Wars Caseyville Memorial Post 1113 host a brief service at 10 a.m. Monday at the post flag pole and a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday at Caseyville Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the post afterward.

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS

Holy Cross Cemetery Memorial Day Mass -- The Catholic Diocese of Belleville Cemetery Association will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9409 Holy Cross Road in Fairview Heights.

Lake View Memorial Gardens flag display -- Lake View Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens will display about 5,000 flags on veteran graves. Hours for visitors are 8 a.m. to dark each day. The cemetery is at 5000 N. Illinois St. For more information, call 618-233-7200.

GRANITE CITY

Granite City Memorial Day Service -- The service begins at 1 p.m. Monday at Granite City Area War Memorial Park at Madison Avenue and Niedringhaus, across from Gateway Regional Medical Center. Veterans will read names on the park's memorial wall and ring a bell for each. Sponsored by American Legion Posts 113 and 307 and their auxiliaries; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 53 and its auxiliary; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1400 and its auxiliary; and AmVets Posts 51 and 204 and their auxiliaries.

HECKER

St. Augustine Cemetery Memorial Day Service -- St. Augustine Catholic Church will host a service at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine's Cemetery with guest speakers, music, a fly-over, recognition of local veterans and dignitaries. In case of rain, it will be moved inside Hecker Community Center.

HIGHLAND

Highland-area memorial services -- Lee Iten American Legion Post 439 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5694 host services at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Catholic Cemetery in Highland; 9:45 a.m. Monday at Highland City Cemetery; and 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Grantfork.

Highland Memorial Day Parade -- The parade begins at 1 p.m. Monday in the parking lot at Olive and Main, near St. Paul Catholic Church. It will go east on Main, south on Lemon, east on 12th and south on Poplar, ending at Veterans of Foreign War Post 5694. A program will follow with a wreath placed at a simulated cemetery. Lunch available inside.

O'FALLON

O'Fallon Memorial Day Service -- The city of O'Fallon hosts its annual service at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the O'Fallon Veterans' Memorial, 737 E. Wesley Drive (patriotic music begins at 11:20 a.m.). The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, 18th Air Force commander. Other participants include O'Fallon Township High School Air Force Junior ROTC, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 805, First Baptist Church Adult Choir, USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team and Miss O'Fallon Kylie Evgenides. Names of 24 newly inscribed veterans will be read. Wear medals and decorations. Bring lawn chairs.

PRAIRIE DU PONT

Prairie du Pont Memorial Day Service -- American Legion Post 485 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6368 host a service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Plot, 200 S. Third St. in Prairie du Pont.

SMITHTON

Smithton Memorial Day Service -- American Legion G.E.M. Post 937 hosts a service at noon Monday at the Veterans Memorial in Smithton Cemetery, along Illinois 159 south of town. Free food will be served afterward at the American Legion hall, 102 N. Main St.

SWANSEA

Swansea Memorial Day Ceremony -- The Swansea Park Board will conduct a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in Pavilion No. 2 at Melvin Price Park on Caseyville Avenue. U.S. Rep. William Enyart, D-Belleville will be the keynote speaker. The Metro East Choral will sing the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

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