Balmy temperatures and a slight breeze greeted parade participants and spectators in the Annual Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday. The Glueckert Family wishes to thank the people and organizations who participated in their entry in the parade. it was a record turnout for the entry, which included the organizations; Salute, Inc., Cub Scout Pack 132, Hersey High School SOS, LCC – Kare -9 Comfort Dogs, Boy Scout Troop 159 of Arlington Heights, Boy Scout Troop 37 out of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Webelos Pack 130 out of Westgate Elementary School. In addition, families and friends of many veterans and active duty service members joined even more volunteers who wore sashes and carrying US flags honoring particular veterans. The sashes were custom made displaying the name and branch of service of the honorees, and donated by the Glueckert family for participants to wear in the parade. Approximately 150 veteran’s sashes were created for the families and volunteers.
“Our whole family was praying for nice weather after storms canceled the parade and chased us inside last year” said a relieved and excited Jackie Glueckert. Last year, threatening weather and lightening caused parade officials to move the ceremony inside Christian Liberty High School. Jackie added “there really was a sense of anxiousness this year for our marchers and volunteers. We had many more people marching with us than honor banners this year. So many volunteers who were honored to wear the name of a veteran and carry the flag turned out. It was a combination of beautiful weather and beautiful volunteerism! You could feel it all along the parade route with people several rows deep, clapping, saluting holding their hands to their hearts; really an emotionally uplifting display of patriotism and love”.
The crowd was estimated to be in excess of 10,000 people viewing, with approximately 3000 participants in all. The parade ended at Memorial Park at 110 W. Fremont St., where 1,000 residents attended an 11 a.m. ceremony, that honored the 58 fallen military heroes from the village, 37 of whom died in service during World War II.
“This has become a wonderful tradition for our family and the community of Arlington Heights and our neighbors. To see the organizations get so involved in honoring our living, deceased and active duty men and women in uniform just re-enforces the motto of Arlington Heights that we are indeed the City of Good Neighbors. Days like this one make you feel it even more so. We’re grateful to everyone who marched with us. It’s time to get ready for next year. Pray for good weather again”, added Jackie Glueckert with her fingers crossed.
About Glueckert Funeral Home, Glueckert Funeral Home has served Arlington Heights and the northwest suburban Chicago communities since 1970. In their second generation of family ownership and operation, the funeral home offers a full range of funeral, cremation and memorial services. We maintain 4 spacious memorial chapels, 2 comfortable lounges and abundant parking. For information about pre-planning, imminent need or immediate need, contact us at 847-253-0168, or www.glueckertfh.com
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