Memorial Day observed


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From staff and wire reports



Local pilot Jim White provides a fly-over salute Monday morning during Urbana’s Memorial Day observance in Oak Dale Cemetery.

Local pilot Jim White provides a fly-over salute Monday morning during Urbana’s Memorial Day observance in Oak Dale Cemetery.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Keynote speaker Dan Walter of the Champaign County Historical Society addresses those assembled at Soldiers’ Mound in Oak Dale Cemetery on Monday in Urbana for the annual Memorial Day observance.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

The Graham High School Dancin’ Band helps lead the parade through Terre Haute during Sunday’s Memorial Day Parade.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Past and present members of the U.S. military and members of the Mad River Township community gather in Terre Haute Cemetery on Sunday for the Memorial Day observance.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) speaks to those gathered in Terre Haute Cemetery during the Memorial Day observation on Sunday. Standing with Vitale are members of his family. Terre Haute starts the county’s Memorial Day observations each year, holding the parade and ceremony on Sunday instead of Monday.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Lt. Col. Eric P. Slover, the Military Science Department Chair and Raider Detachment Commander at Wright State University, delivers the keynote speech at the St. Paris Memorial Day ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday. Standing behind him are St. Paris Mayor Brenda Cook and members of the Graham High School Dancin’ Band.


Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

The city of Urbana and villages of Champaign County joined the nation in observing Memorial Day.

Terre Haute in Mad River Township continued the tradition of starting the annual ceremonies by holding its parade and observation on Sunday. State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) was the keynote speaker in Terre Haute Cemetery.

Urbana, St. Paris, Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg, Woodstock, Christiansburg and West Liberty held their observances on Monday.

Dan Walter of the Champaign County Historical Society gave the keynote address at Soldiers’ Mound in Urbana’s Oak Dale Cemetery on Monday morning. Local pilot Jim White provided a fly-over salute during the observation.

Lt. Col. Eric P. Slover, the Military Science Department Chair and Raider Detachment Commander at Wright State University, delivered the keynote speech at the St. Paris Memorial Day ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday. The observance began in Harmon Park and the parade proceeded to the cemetery.

National observance

In Arlington, Virginia, Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces, thanking their loved ones in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and acknowledging that for them “every day is Memorial Day.”

Pence placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember dead service members whose remains haven’t been identified and observed a moment of silence. He told Gold Star families he was honored by their presence.

Dignitaries attending Monday’s ceremony included Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump visited the Arlington, Virginia, cemetery last week and placed flags at several gravesites, a decades-old tradition known as “flags in.” Trump is in Japan, where he addressed troops aboard a U.S. battleship.

Local pilot Jim White provides a fly-over salute Monday morning during Urbana’s Memorial Day observance in Oak Dale Cemetery.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_Flyover.jpgLocal pilot Jim White provides a fly-over salute Monday morning during Urbana’s Memorial Day observance in Oak Dale Cemetery. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Keynote speaker Dan Walter of the Champaign County Historical Society addresses those assembled at Soldiers’ Mound in Oak Dale Cemetery on Monday in Urbana for the annual Memorial Day observance.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_dan_walter.jpgKeynote speaker Dan Walter of the Champaign County Historical Society addresses those assembled at Soldiers’ Mound in Oak Dale Cemetery on Monday in Urbana for the annual Memorial Day observance. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

The Graham High School Dancin’ Band helps lead the parade through Terre Haute during Sunday’s Memorial Day Parade.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_20190526-Memorial_Day_Parade-Terre_Haute-093.jpgThe Graham High School Dancin’ Band helps lead the parade through Terre Haute during Sunday’s Memorial Day Parade. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Past and present members of the U.S. military and members of the Mad River Township community gather in Terre Haute Cemetery on Sunday for the Memorial Day observance.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_20190526-Memorial_Day_Parade-Terre_Haute-192.jpgPast and present members of the U.S. military and members of the Mad River Township community gather in Terre Haute Cemetery on Sunday for the Memorial Day observance. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) speaks to those gathered in Terre Haute Cemetery during the Memorial Day observation on Sunday. Standing with Vitale are members of his family. Terre Haute starts the county’s Memorial Day observations each year, holding the parade and ceremony on Sunday instead of Monday.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_20190526-Memorial_Day_Parade-Terre_Haute-271.jpgState Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) speaks to those gathered in Terre Haute Cemetery during the Memorial Day observation on Sunday. Standing with Vitale are members of his family. Terre Haute starts the county’s Memorial Day observations each year, holding the parade and ceremony on Sunday instead of Monday. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography

Lt. Col. Eric P. Slover, the Military Science Department Chair and Raider Detachment Commander at Wright State University, delivers the keynote speech at the St. Paris Memorial Day ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday. Standing behind him are St. Paris Mayor Brenda Cook and members of the Graham High School Dancin’ Band.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/web1_stparis_speaker.jpgLt. Col. Eric P. Slover, the Military Science Department Chair and Raider Detachment Commander at Wright State University, delivers the keynote speech at the St. Paris Memorial Day ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday. Standing behind him are St. Paris Mayor Brenda Cook and members of the Graham High School Dancin’ Band. Photos by Andrew Grimm photography
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From staff and wire reports