Solemn Memorial Day ceremony remembers war dead

Generations of Americans who died serving their country in the military were honored with a morning ceremony at Bronswood Cemetery, a procession through downtown Hinsdale, and a tribute at Memorial Hall Monday.

The Memorial Day procession, with the Hinsdale Central High School marching band and local Boy and Girl Scout troops, started at Garfield and Third streets and moved west and north across the railroad to Memorial Hall, itself a monument to those who died in the military.

The names of residents who died in battle, from World War I to the Afghanistan War, are inscribed in a plaque on the lobby wall in the hall, which was built in 1928.

Members of American Legion Post 250 placed a wreath on the memorial plaque, and the name of each fallen serviceman was read aloud.

The ceremony included remarks from village and American Legion officials and patriotic songs performed by Hinsdale Central’s chorale group. A bugler played “Taps” and a rifle squad fired a salute in honor of the courage and sacrifice of those who died in the armed forces.

At Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook Monday morning, the U.S. flag was lowered to half-mast, and a shorter Memorial Day ceremony, which included a rifle salute, was held.

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