Burr Ridge commemorates Armed Forces Day

About 100 people attended a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Burr Ridge Saturday for Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony included the singing of the national anthem, patriotic songs played by the Marmion Academy in Aurora, the National Guard Color Guard presentation and an address by retired Lt. Col. Terrence Benshoof.

For the second year in a row, the Veterans Memorial Committee arranged to have retired military pilots do a flyover” in T-6 Texans, which were World War II trainers.

Refreshments, including popcorn, ice cream and chocolate from local businesses, were served.

Mayor Mickey Straub said Burr Ridge is the only community he knows that has an Armed Forces Day ceremony.

Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to replace separate days that honored the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

“It complements the nature of our memorial and our belief that we should pay our respects to every military person, past, present and future,” Straub said. “It also shows our appreciation for the military families.”

Burr Ridge also will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, at 7660 County Line Road, at 8 a.m. May 26. The ceremony will include laying a wreath, prayers and the playing of “Taps.”

All are welcome to attend.

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