Memorial Day wreath laying and monument rededication commemorates those who died serving our country

A special tribute to the 12 Illinois soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past year

May 28, 2012, 11:00 ET from Chicago Cultural Mile Association

CHICAGO, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Military, public safety, community and business leaders came together today for a Memorial Day wreath laying and rededication ceremony at the General John A. Logan Monument, located in Chicago's Grant Park.  The annual event was conducted to reaffirm a pledge to assemble, honor and remember those who serve our country.  The event, which was sponsored by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, also honored the spirit and memory of Civil War General John A. Logan, founder of Decoration Day, the predecessor of Memorial Day.

"The Memorial Day event featured a wreath laying ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  It was conducted by representatives from each branch of the armed services as well as representatives from both Gold Star Families and Daughters of the American Revolution," according to J.R. Davis, Chairman and President of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association.  "The wreath laying ceremony was conducted by Major General John L. Borling, United States Air Force (Retired) and a former Vietnam Prisoner of War," he added.

"Iraq War veteran Captain Christian Palmer, United States Marines (Retired) provided a moving tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan by adding twelve names and photos to Illinois Faces of the Fallen Soldiers.  Sadly, a total of 243 soldiers from Illinois have died since the beginning of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and have earned a place of honor on the list," said Davis.              

The law enforcement and firefighter communities were also recognized and memorialized at the event.  "Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti laid a wreath in memory of those who died in the service and protection of our communities. He also spoke of how this event reminds us of the true meaning of Memorial Day and encouraged attendees to remember all of those who serve us in the far corners of the earth as well as in our own community," Davis continued.

In addition to the wreath laying ceremony, event participants witnessed the rededication of the General John A. Logan Monument.  Unveiled on July 22, 1897 at a Decoration Day ceremony, the Logan Monument was erected to remember those who served their country.  Civil War General Logan founded Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, in 1868 with General Order No. 11 which says in part, "The 30th day of May, 1868, is designed for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."  

The event concluded with a 21 Gun Salute conducted by the sailors from the Great Lakes Naval Station and taps played by Buglers Across America member Andy Johnson.

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SOURCE Chicago Cultural Mile Association