Yorkville Memorial Day Ceremony

(Yorkville American Legion Post #489 video still)

A different Memorial Day occurred on Monday around Kendall County and throughout the nation, but the message remained the same.

American Legion organizations, families and citizens gathered online and some in-person to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Commander Tim Conrardy spoke at Yorkville Town Square without an in-person audience, as members of the Yorkville American Legion Post #489 held a private ceremony that was streamed online.

Many public services were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including many parades.

Oswego's annual parade was canceled but roughly 60 people attended a wreath laying ceremony in Oswego Twp. that was held by Oswego American Legion Post #675.

Aurora also canceled their annual parade and held a virtual Memorial Day observance with local officials meeting online and others who held a live flag raising at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall in downtown Aurora.

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit of Oswego, who is the only female Marine serving the Illinois House, spoke about the meaning of Memorial Day, echoing comments from Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin.

A vehicle procession was held in Plano and other services were held in Hinckley and Maple Park, among others.

View some of the videos of virtual ceremonies, here: