Memorial Day events in the metro-east

Marine Corps veteran Terry Hobbs, of Freeburg, saluted during Taps at the 2014 Belleville Memorial Day ceremony at Walnut Hill cemetery.
Marine Corps veteran Terry Hobbs, of Freeburg, saluted during Taps at the 2014 Belleville Memorial Day ceremony at Walnut Hill cemetery. News-Democrat

The Belleville Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday down West Main Street and will conclude with a ceremony at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Veterans from the four sponsoring groups will participate — American Legion Post 58, host of this year’s program; Korean War Veterans Imjin Chapter; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1739; and Catholic War Veterans Butz-Jobe Post 370.

Three school marching bands have signed on and more are expected, said Tammy Hickey, program coordinator with the American Legion and retired military, plus a visit from Captain America. There will also be vehicles from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, fire and police vehicles and elected officials.

The honorary grand marshal is World War II veteran Jacob Feazel.

The parade will form at Cathedral Grade School and will proceed north on Second Street to West Main, east on Main Street to Mascoutah Avenue to Walnut Hill Cemetery.

The Memorial Day Program at the cemetery will begin about 11 a.m., after the parade.

It will include a color guard from Scott Air Force Base and an Air Force Band bugler playing taps. Air Force Maj. James Dolson is the emcee. Col. Justin Langlois will be the featured speaker.

Metro-east Memorial Day events

Highland: American Legion Post 439 and VFW Post 5694 will present a Memorial Day event honoring Highland’s veterans and dedicating the Veterans Honor Parkway. A parade steps off at 1 p.m. from Highland High School. A memorial ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. at Rinderer Park, Veterans Honor Parkway at Trestle Road. Shuttle service between Highland Middle School and Rinderer Park will be available before and after the parade.

O’Fallon: The names of 24 veterans newly inscribed on the O’Fallon Veterans Monument will be introduced at the City of O’Fallon’s Memorial Day program at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the monument, 737 East Wesley Drive. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations. There will be a guest speaker, as well as participation from Desert Storm Army veteran Fritz Mihelcic and his service dog, Mama Cass; First Baptist Church of O’Fallon Adult Choir; O’Fallon Township High School Air Force Junior ROTC; VFW Post 805; Brittany Gray, Miss O’Fallon 2013; and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Rifle Team. Patriotic music will begin at 11:20 a.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and drinks. In case of inclement weather, it will be held at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 1111 East Highway 50.

Swansea: The Swansea Memorial Day Ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Melvin Price Park on Caseyville Avenue. The community event, which includes live music, is sponosored bythe Swansea Park Board.

Dupo: American Legion Post 485 will hold a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Plot, 200 S. Third St. in Dupo.

East St. Louis: VFW Post 3480 will present a Memorial Day program to honor all veterans and in remembrance of the 59 local servicemen killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War. It’s from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Lincoln Park, 1501 Piggott Ave. The monument grounds are undergoing an upgrade with new flagpoles, benches, patio, flowers, bushes and shrubs. Guest speaker is Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Thomas J. Williams Sr.

Hecker: Memorial Day Service starts at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine’s Cemetery. There will be speakers, music, a flyover, recognition of local veterans and dignitaries. In case of rain, it will move inside the Hecker Community Center.

Edwardsville: Woodlawn Cemetery will hold its Memorial Day Observance at 10 a.m. Monday. It will feature the Edwarsville Municipal Band, a flag presentation and reading of the names of area veterans who have died in the past year. Scott Hagan will give an address and Emily Ottwein will sing. “Taps” will be played and there will be a 21-gun salute and a benediction. Bring lawn chairs.

Glen Carbon: A ceremony at the Glen Carbon Veterans’ Monument near the covered bridge will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. Local Boy Scouts will participate and Mayor Rob Jackstadt will speak.