Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 28, 2018

NEWS FROM O’FALLON CITY HALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

O’Fallon, Illinois Mayor Herb Roach and the O’Fallon City Council encourage residents of O’Fallon to participate in the Memorial Day Programs that will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018.

“Please join me and hundreds of O’Fallon residents at these ceremonies and help us honor our veterans and the brave individuals that gave their lives for this country,” said Mayor Roach.

The first program will be held at 9 a.m. at the City of O’Fallon Cemetery, located on North Oak Street. VFW Post 805 is organizing and sponsoring the program that includes a flag presentation, a speech by Jeff Hastings, VFW Illinois State Commander, Mayor Roach, and a three-volley rifle salute. In addition to the morning ceremonies, the Sergeant Charles A. Fricke gravesite memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. For further information, please contact VFW Post 805 at 618.624.2561.

The second program will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the City of O’Fallon Veterans Monument, 737 East Wesley Drive. The guest speaker for the event will be Brigadier General Kenneth T. Bibb, Jr., Commander, 618th Air Operations Center, Scott AFB. Participants include Mayor Roach, OTHS AFJ ROTC, VFW Post 805, Miss O’Fallon Ava Hipskind, Miss Kat Rubish, David Vittetoe on Bagpipes, and the USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team. The names of 27 newly-inscribed veterans will be introduced during the ceremony.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the First Baptist Academy Church of O’Fallon, 1111 East Highway 50.

For more information, please visit the Monument web site at www.ofallonveteransmonument.org/.    

Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations to the events. Residents who plan to attend the programs are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and water bottles.

Attendees should give themselves extra time to arrive, as there will be some traffic redirection during the event. Handicapped parking will be available near the monument.  

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Grant Litteken at 618-624-4500 x 8760 or email at glitteken@ofallon.org.