Chicago Memorial Day Parade

CANCELED due to COVID-19 Crisis

Saturday, May 23, 2020 • Free Admission

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Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

During the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, the City of Chicago honors fallen heroes and Gold Star family members who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, Gold Star Lapel Pins and the Next of Kin Lapel Pins are presented to families not as an award, but as symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and their ultimate sacrifice.

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State St. from Wacker to Van Buren

Chicago, IL 60601


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