What should we remember on Memorial Day? Erica Borggren, an Iraq War veteran and Illinois’ director of veterans’ affairs, says we should remember that our war dead were more than just warriors.
“I’ve attended more military funerals than anybody would care to attend in a given year, over the last nine months since I’ve been here,” she said. “It’s a tough experience, but at the same time seeing, these days every funeral home has the slide show that goes by showing the life of the person who has fallen in combat, and you see that picture of the tee-ball, or the kindergartener with their lunch box, and you feel what that loss means.”
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She also notes that many buried in our national cemeteries survived their war, and lived long civilian lives, often making contributions to their community.
Memorial Day ceremonies at national cemeteries in Illinois:
Abraham Lincoln Nation Cemetery, Elwood, 11:30 a.m.
Alton National Cemetery, 6:30 p.m.
Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, 2 p.m.
Danville National Cemetery, 11 a.m.
Mound City National Cemetery – Ceremony held on Saturday