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Memorial Day, a federal holiday celebrated each year on the last Monday in May, gives us a chance to remember those who have been lost while serving in the United States military.
The day originated after the Civil War to honor those who had died in battle, but now has grown to honor all those who have passed in the line of service to their country.
Here in Northbrook, there are a few activities residents can attend to do their part in remembering U.S. veterans.
Honor local veterans
The Northbrook Memorial Day Parade steps off from the corner of Cherry and Western at 10:30 a.m., east to Church and Shermer and continues on Shermer west to Meadow.
All are encouraged to attend the traditional American Legion Memorial Day ceremony at the Village Green Park immediately following the parade.
Show your patriotism
Take a few minutes and display a flag. If you don’t have a flag, purchase one from a local hardware store. On Memorial Day, the flag should be hung at half-staff until noon, when it should be raised to the top of the staff. Take a moment to remember the men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces, the reason we celebrate Memorial Day each year.