Carol Stream VFW to Host Annual Memorial Day Ceremony


Join the Carol Stream Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10396 and the Carol Stream Park District, as well as the village of Carol Stream, for a Memorial Day service.

Service will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at Veterans Memorial Plaza, Ross Ferraro Town Center, Gary Avenue and Lies Road.

The speaker will be Dick Naylor, a Vietnam War veteran and retired Lt. Col. in the US Army Reserve. Naylor spent about eight months in Vietnam as part of the 1st Cavalry Division, flying military leaders in and out of the jungle.

VFW Post 10396 Commander Rich Hildenbrand invites veterans to join in and stand up front for recognition.

The ceremony will begin with the National Anthem, the prayer of Post Chaplain Roland Johnson, the General Order read by Deputy Mike Johns and the presentation of the VFW Wreath.

There will be a rifle salute by Lou Lingwai, Jim Plumb and Fred Gerleve. Tap dancing will be performed by Bill Mertz and Tom McNeil will perform “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.

Fundraising efforts to maintain the Veterans Memorial Plaza continue. Buy a brick to honor a veteran. To learn more, visit


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