Memorial Day

Services Mark Memorial Day in the Region

May 29, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Communities across the country celebrated Memorial Day over the extended weekend. Those in the greater Peoria region have also paused for services between Saturday and Monday.


The annual service on the Peoria Riverfront at the Gateway Building included a number of community leaders and the municipal band that's celebrating 80 years of music this year.


Some elements of the service included the Armed Forces Salute as well as a rifle salute, and the lone trumpeter playing Taps.


This Weekend: Ceremonies Honor Soldiers for Memorial Day

May 25, 2017
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Several communities in the Peoria area are commemorating veterans this weekend, in honor of Memorial Day.

Illinois legislators took time during session today to honor troops killed in war.

Senator Mike Hastings is a Democrat from Tinley Park, and also a combat veteran.

He says Memorial Day is a day to honor the fallen.

"But I also think that it's a day to remember what you learned from their lives. And it's an obligation amongst yourselves to share their memories, to ensure that they're not forgotten," Hastings said.

Memorial Day Remembrances Planned in Peoria Area

May 27, 2016
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As of this week, the Defense Department reports 4,424 US soldiers have died in the war in Iraq. 2,349 soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001.  

Several events are are going on in the Peoria area for Memorial Day to honor fallen American soldiers.

Saturday, May 28, 2016:

10:30 The American Mausoleum in Peoria is hosting a service.

11:00 East Peoria’s observance is at the Fondulac Cemetery off of  Washington Road.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016:

The cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buried will take on a role it played in decades past this Memorial Day weekend.  Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder will welcome guests to the cemetery on May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for music, an ice cream social and a tour of significant trees at the site. 

Memorial Day is a state holiday, but lawmakers are back at work in Springfield. But how do legislators feel about not taking the day off?

Abby Wendle / Tri-States Public Radio

Western Illinois University has a national reputation for being good to student veterans and service members. Military Times ranks Western in the top 20 percent of all universities, colleges, and trade schools in the country. Western is "military friendly" because it's affordable, classes are small, the university counts some armed forces training towards college credit, and Western has one of the first Veterans Resource Centers in the state.

Tiffany Jolley / Illinois Public Media




Monday marks the 44th official celebration of Memorial Day, although the day of observance has existed in some form since after the Civil War.

The commemorative holiday became cemented into American culture after the First World War, but you don’t need to look far for a physical representation of that history when you’re on the University of Illinois campus.
There are two rows of columns that line the East and West sides of Memorial  Stadium in Champaign.

Memorial Day Ceremony on the Peoria Riverfront

May 26, 2014
Tamie Yost

Veterans and military families gathered at the Gateway Building on Peoria’s riverfront Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Each branch of the military was recognized during a medley played by The Peoria Municipal Band. A traditional part of the ceremony is having veterans of each branch stand during their song. Gold star mothers, and families are also recognized.

American Mausoleum gets a facelift

May 24, 2013

The Peoria County State’s Attorney says the county remains committed to keeping the American Mausoleum operating properly. The state’s attorney’s office was granted authority to take over the site in the summer of 2008 after the Mausoleum’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy.