VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO CARRY US FLAGS AND PERSONALIZED HONOR RIBBONS TO REMEMBER VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS.
For the third consecutive year, Glueckert Funeral Home invites veterans, their relatives and friends to join them in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25. The parade entry is an “Honor Flag and Ribbon” procession honoring Veterans, living and deceased, as well as active duty members of the military. Area organizations also participating in the Honor Banner and Flag entry features Hersey High School Activity Groups, including Service over Self, RMHS Rotary Interact Club, Cub Scout Pack 132 and local organizations; Kare-9 Military Comfort Dogs, Lutheran Church Charities, Salute, Inc. and Clearbrook. “We’re excited to have all of these community partners joining us to help make this special event even more special” says Jackie Glueckert, entry coordinator.
Each volunteer will carry a US flag in honor of the Veteran(s) they wish to recognize. A personalized Honor Ribbon with the name of the Veteran or active service member will be provided to each person in Glueckert Funeral Home group entry. Upon entering Memorial Park, the Flags and Personalized Honor Ribbons will be displayed for the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Ceremony. The parade steps off at 9:30 am sharp (please arrive by 8:45am for check-in for flags and honor banners) from Sigwalt and Arlington Heights Road. It proceeds 1 mile to Memorial Park. There, a ceremony honoring Arlington Heights fallen heroes and our nation’s heroes who also paid the ultimate price for our freedom from the Civil War through to the Afghanistan theaters of action will take place. The names of veterans who have passed away in the last year will be read aloud. Arlington Heights has been honoring veterans on Memorial Day since the end of World War I.
Residents are invited to bring a flag (preferably attached to a flag pole) to Glueckert Funeral Home at 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road on or before May 19th. Glueckert has a limited number of spare flag poles available. Also, we will record the name of the veteran being honored so we may customize the Honor Ribbon Sash to be worn in the parade. Afterwards, the flags may be picked up at Glueckert Funeral Home by June 14th (Flag Day!). You may also donate your flag directly to the Arlington Heights American Legion Post 208.
“This ceremony has really become something special in Arlington Heights. We truly are the Community of Good Neighbors. The outpouring of support for our Veterans and Active Service Members is so inspirational. Everyone in our group can feel the emotion from the start all the way to Memorial Park” says Jackie Glueckert, the organizer of the tribute. Adding, “Last year, over 200 people participated in the tribute unit. We’ve been preparing for even more people this year. The Arlington Heights Community is integral to our family’s history here. The long tradition of military service from our community is a great source of pride for our entire community and our family”.
To join the parade procession with the Glueckert entry, please contact Jackie Glueckert at (847) 253-0168 or visit www.glueckertfuneralhome.com for more information and our entry form.