Highland News Leader

Highland, Troy plan Memorial Day parades

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Highland VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439 will sponsor a Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 29.

Line-up for the parade will be at 12:30 p.m. in the south parking lot of St. Paul Catholic Church, 1412 9th St. in Highland. The parade will step off at 1 p.m. The parade route starts on Main Street, then turns on Lemon Street, then 12th Street, before heading down Poplar Street to VFW Road. The parade ends at the VFW post home, 1900 VFW Road, where a ceremony will follow.

At the post, a ceremony is held. The Highland High School band plays patriotic music, and there are guest speakers. Veterans who have passed on in the last year are recognized, and a memorial wreath is placed at a mock cemetery, followed by the playing of Taps and a rifle salute. A meal is served in the VFW hall after the ceremony.

Veterans and other community organizations or being sought to participate in the parade. If you would like to participate, call or text Kate at 618-531-6836.

In Troy, American Legion Post 708 will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade. The parade will start at noon Monday, May 29 on Market Street in Troy and end at the Veterans Memorial in the Tri-Township Park.

The memorial service will start at 1 p.m. Glen Gindler, commander of Troy American Legion Post 708, will give the opening welcome. The keynote speaker will be retired Air Force Col. Robin L. Schulte, past commander for the 92nd Medical Group, near Spokane, Washington. The Troy Community Band will provide the music, and the VFW will provide the color guard. The Knights of Columbus will also have a part in the service this year.

Following the service, everyone is welcome to the open house at the Troy American Legion Post 708 Hall for food, drink, and fellowship.

Anyone wishing to be in the Memorial Day Parade can call 618-210-9677 or leave a message at 618-667-9892.

Other Services


▪ There will be a brief ceremony at Veterans Honor Parkway on Sunday, May 28, from about 12:15-12:30 p.m. The ceremony will be set up at the kiosk, next to the flagpole, at Dennis Rinderer Park. Everyone is invited to attend.

▪ A service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. The ceremony will include a color guard and rifle squad, and a bugler to play Taps. The ceremony usually lasts about 15 minutes.

▪ A service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the Highland City Cemetery. The military honor guard will march up to the chapel and again hold a short ceremony, followed by the rifle salute and Taps.


▪ A service will be held Robinson Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Everyone is invited to attend.

St. Jacob

▪ There will be a ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at Dugger Cemetery, 1901 Lake Road in rural St. Jacob Township.


▪ At 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, there will be a ceremony at St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery in Grantfork with members of the church and community. The short ceremony followed by the rifle salute and Taps.


▪ Harris Cemetery near Alhambra will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. The cemetery is operated by the Harris Cemetery Association and is not affiliated with a church. It is located on Alhambra Road, approximately one-half mile south of Illinois Route 140.


▪ The annual Memorial Day service for Buck Road Cemetery will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the cemetery. Michael C. Kovarik will be the guest speaker. Martha Brockus will be the soloist, and Marsha Etzkorn will play Taps and the Military Medley. There will be a special presentation at the Henry Ostendorf statue. The Glen Carbon VFW and American Legion Post 435 will officiate the service for Pvt. Ostendorf, who was the first soldier from Madison County killed in World War I. This is the 150th anniversary of Buck Road Cemetery.