Contact:    David Sabathne, Exec. Director
306 Main Street, West Chicago IL60185 Phone:   (630) 231-3003
HoursMon.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fax:   (630) 231-3009

Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Days, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

The 30th day of May…is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…We are organized…for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.

"What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and it's foes?"…"All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders".

The above, was a portion of General Order Number 11, Washington DC May 5, 1868
By order of: John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief; Grand Army of the Republic.

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead, short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from falling hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields
While we enjoy the blessings of freedom, let us remember those who
gave their lives to defend it. Have a Safe and pleasant weekend!

David J. Sabathne', Executive Director