Crystal Lake turns out for Memorial Day parade

June 13, 2018 by  

Hundreds of Crystal Lake residents turned out in almost 90°F heat to watch the annual parade celebrating Memorial Day.

Many were wearing red, white, and blue to honor those who have given their lives for the United States. The parade started at Crystal Lake Central High School, wound through the city, and ended at Union Cemetery.

Among the marchers were Boy Scouts from Crystal Lake’s Troop 165, and the bands from Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake South, and Crystal Lake Central High Schools. Jenny Cervantes, who was a member of the color guard from Central, said to the NW Herald that it was fun to see the families together having a good time.

Jillian Austin, who serves as the mayor and city manager’s executive assistant, said the heat did not have much impact on attendance, saying approximately 200 band members as well as 300 scouts marched. The scouts placed 500 American flags near veterans’ graves in Union Cemetery.

Some said they wanted to make sure their children understood why Memorial Day is special—one woman wanted her sons to understand the sacrifices people have made to keep citizens safe. Others said they were pleased to be able to honor surviving veterans, as well as those who had passed.

Events like this can be even more special if organizers work with a banner printing company to create banners to decorate the parade route.