Memorial Day started solemnly in St. Charles with a gun salute and a boy scout troop raising the flag outside Baker Community Center, which serves as a living memorial to veterans. After the ceremony, local Boy Scouts went to Saint Charles Cemetery to place flags by the graves of fallen heroes.
Many suburbs held their Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, since the City of Chicago held its ceremonies over the weekend.
In Arlington Heights, during one of the area's largest suburban Memorial Day parades a riderless horse represents 58 heroes who didn't return home. New to the event this year: 10 Native Americans who served. Their untold stories were recently featured in a PBS documentary.
On a much smaller scale, the South Side held its first Memorial Day parade. It may have been a small crowd in Auburn Gresham, but they had lots of enthusiasm.
While one parade starts, another one ends. After 54 years, the Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society - best known as WOOGMS - is calling it quits. The Lakeview parade isn't political -just patriotic. It's the parade where everybody marches and nobody watches.