My wife and I arrived at Lake Ellyn park about 10 minutes before the Memorial Day ceremonies were to start. To our amazement, a huge crowd had already formed. I was quite surprised and pleased at the same time. Pleased to see so many folks from our little who town felt the desire to pay tribute to our American Veterans. Having gotten there after the crowd had formed, I did not get a very good position for shooting photos of the honored guests, speakers, color guards, fire fighters, scout troops, school's choir and marching bands. Speaking as veteran myself, I want to thank you all for being there. You made me proud.
The photos I've placed here are taken from awkward angles as I did not want to disrupt the ceremonies by jumping in to get a good shot. But maybe you'll see a few people you know.
For those of you who are unaware of the POW/MIA flag (prisoners of war/missing in action) draped over the chair, it was there to remind us of those who did not return home and whose whereabouts or remains are still unknown. The empty chair indicates the emptiness felt by the families whose loved ones are still POW/MIA.
Thanks again for all who attended.
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|Memorial Day at Lake Ellyn|