Chicago’s Memorial Day remembrance began with wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame in Daley plaza.
“I think it’s very important on Memorial Day that we stop all of our activities and pause and remember the sacrifice that were made by men and women to defend our democracy.” Governor Pat Quinn said.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta served as Grand Marshal of Chicago’s Memorial Day parade which featured local marching bands, junior ROTC programs and various veterans’ organizations.
Hundreds braved the chilly temperatures and lined both sides of State Street in the country’s largest Memorial Day parade according to local officials. Many said they wanted to show support for those that have served the country.
“We remember those that have passed on and given all that they had, and I am proud to say that I have served my country favorably,” armed services veteran and parade attendee Larry Leto said.