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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Honoring Those Who Serve

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The Village expresses gratitude for all who have served and continue to serve to protect our freedom. In fact, the month of May includes several significant dates, including Memorial Day, May 30.

Dates of Note

Please join in learning about these dates and honoring those who have protected our freedoms in the past, and continue to do so now:

  • VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) – May 8:
    This day commemorates the day that World War II was officially over in Europe. On May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany's surrender. (VJ Day commemorates August 15, 1945, marking the end of war with Japan.) Resource: US Dept. of Defense VE Day webpage
  • Armed Forces Day – May 21:
    The third Saturday in May marks the day we formally honor those currently serving in the military. The day was created on August 31, 1949 to combine the previously separate days of Amry, Navy and Air Force days. Resource: Armed Forces Day History webpage
  • Memorial Day – May 30:
    We honor those who died while in military service. We have our freedom because of their sacrifices. Resource: History.com's Memorial Day webpages


Memorial Day Ceremonies – Monday, May 30

We remember our fallen heroes with the following local Memorial Day ceremonies conducted by American Legion Vernon Post 1247 on Monday, May 30:

  • 9 a.m. – Vernon Cemetery, 15215 Cemetery Road, Lincolnshire
  • 10 a.m. – Willow Lawn Cemetery, 24090 N. Hwy 45, Vernon Hills
  • 11 a.m. – Vernon Hills Veterans Memorial Arbortheater, 50 Memorial Drive (N. Fairway Drive between Lakeview Parkway and Nike Parkway on the north end of the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex)

Volunteer Opportunity

If you would like to assist members of American Legion Vernon Post 1247 with the placement of flags at veterans' graves, your presence will be welcomed:

  • Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m., Vernon Cemetery, Lincolnshire
  • Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m., Willow Lawn Cemetery, Vernon Hills

To learn more about American Legion Vernon Post 1247, please reach out to Senior Vice Commander John Taylor (email: JohnTaylor307@comcast.net).


Support for Veterans

Please remember, if you are a veteran in need of assistance, including financial support, disability or professional advocacy, please contact the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County. All services are offered at no charge. You have done your service – now let the Veterans Assistance Commission serve you. Link: www.vaclc.org

Additional Resources


Thank you for your service!


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