Stevens Park in Richmond is a quant little park that takes on extra special importance during Memorial Day. Here you will find a gazebo, some picnic tables, a newly added cascading fountain, and a flagpole surrounded by war memorials. During Christmas, it is a joyful gathering place for lighting the village Christmas tree, but in May, it strikes a more solemn tone for the annual Village of Richmond Memorial Day Ceremony.
You never know what Memorial Day weekend weather will be like, but this year, it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Before the barbecues and cookouts started in Richmond, many gathered downtown for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
Address: 10314 N Main St, Richmond, IL 60071
For those who prefer a simpler, quieter Memorial Day service without the large parade, Richmond may be the place to be.
The village president spoke and the boy scouts and girl scouts handed out American flags and poppies to those who were in attendance.
There are no marching bands or blaring floats, although the passing cars may satisfy that craving for those who desire just a bit more. They did have a bugler and a girl’s choir sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace.
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The American Legion Honor Guard’s rifle salute was certainly the loudest part of this ceremony, which also featured the presentation and laying of a wreath at the flagpole base and memorial monuments. All in all, a very simple but worthy ceremony.
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The ceremony was then wrapped up with many crossing the street to the Richmond Cafe, which is normally closed on Mondays, for what has perhaps also become a part of the Village of Richmond’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony…complimentary coffee and donuts.
While this Memorial Day has come and gone, there’s always next year. Be sure to bookmark our annual Memorial Day Guide so that you can set aside a little time next year for this or another Memorial Day event.