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To honor and remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, the Village of Romeoville will be releasing a video prior to Memorial Day on village social media channels. It will pay tribute to Romeoville veterans who have lost their lives during service and those that have since passed away. If you would like to submit a name, head to romeoville.org and search for “Memorial Day Video Tribute” for instructions. Submissions are due by Wednesday, May 20.
Following the same guidelines the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set for all National Cemetery Administration facilities, the Edward “Doc” McCartan Veterans Memorial (11 Montrose Dr.) will be open to the public throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The public is welcome to place flowers, wreathes and flags at the memorial. Visitors are asked to adhere to Centers for Disease Control, state and local health department safety guidelines.
Similar to the VA, Romeoville will be holding a small memorial service with Mayor Noak, other officials and representatives from the American Legion and Veterans Commission. This ceremony will follow established size and safety guidelines. While Romeoville (like the VA) cannot extend an invitation to the public to attend due to health and safety concerns, this ceremony will be recorded and then posted to the village’s Facebook page and Romeoville.org that day for public viewing.
“We are committed to observing Memorial Day by adhering to the guidelines set by the Department of Veterans Affairs and all other guidelines,” explained Mayor Noak. “In addition, we are supplementing our ceremony with a virtual event so that we can further honor our fallen.”
The Village of Romeoville’s plans are based on the guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration and through consultation with the Romeoville American Legion and Veterans Commission. Additionally, the village would like to acknowledge the Hampton Park Social Athletic Club on their efforts to continue the annual flag placement at veterans’ graves.