Memorial Day events were held throughout Chicago and the nation Monday, honoring the men and women of the military who lost their lives while serving the country.
In Chicago’s Grant Park, wreaths were laid in memory of those who had fallen. For Sue King, Memorial Day isn’t a holiday, it’s a day of mourning. Her son Sgt. Robert Weinger was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. He was 24 years old. Today she laid a wreath for Bob. He’s one of 253 Illinois soldiers to be killed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.
Everyone at Grant Park today knows personally what it’s like to lose a loved one in war. Air Force Major General John Borling served this country for 37 years. He laid a wreath at the foot of the statue of another general who came before him, General John Logan led troops in the Civil War. He founded Decoration Day, which later became known as Memorial Day, a day to honor all of those who have died for our country.
Elsewhere, Sen Mark Kirk joined hundreds of people in Arlington Heights to honor service men and women.
He awarded a Bronze Star posthumously to World War II Army veteran Edward Arthur Field.
Arlington Heights has lost 58 soldiers in battle, dating back to the Civil War.
Cities across Illinois also marked Memorial Day with parades.
Governor Pat Quinn marched in Park Ridge, calling attention to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.
The fund helps military families make the transition back to civilian life.
It provides affordable home loans, grants, and a mortgage tax credit worth up to 20-thousand dollars.