In 1868 General John A. Logan, Senator for Illinois, issued an order which established Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for the soldiers lost in the American Civil War. In recent years it has come to include the lives lost in wars and armed conflicts everywhere.
Annual Memorial Day observance at the General John A. Logan statue in Grant Park
On Memorial Day each year the Chicago Cultural Mile Association hosts a wreath laying ceremony at the Logan equestrian statue in Grant Park near 9th Street in recognition of General John A. Logan's order which initiated the Memorial Day observance which later became a national holiday.
Join Honorary Chicago for a short tour before the ceremony.
Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society,
Memorial Day Parade
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial on the Chicago Riverwalk
If you have not yet experienced the new riverwalk which follows the south bank of the Chicago river along Wacker Drive, Memorial Day is a fitting time to take in the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial which is on the riverwalk just east of State Street.
Visit a Cemetery on Memorial Day
In the spirit of the original observance most Cemeteries remain open on Memorial Day.
Here are a two in the Chicago area that have notable Civil War burials.
Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of fourteen Union Army Generals and hundreds of soldiers from the Civil War. Part of the administration building houses a Civil War museum.