ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- From ceremonies in our country's capitol, to chilly backyard barbecues here in the Stateline. Americans are paying tribute to our nation's fallen soldiers.
This year's memorial day parade kicked off bright and early in downtown Rockford. The drizzle didn't stop many from coming out to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
A very good look-a-like of our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt delivered the same speech he gave in 1903. Doves were also released as a part of the re-dedication. Grand marshal of this year's parade Chief Master Sergeant Alvin Blake spoke about his path through the military and his beginnings in Rockford.
Despite the soggy weather the Diocese of Rockford held its annual mass outside. About four hundred people were there. This is part of the catholic church's national program to honor our past and present service members.
Dozens of people attended the 143rd Annual Memorial Day Service at the Kishwaukee Cemetery. The site is believed to be the oldest burial spot for settlers in Winnebago County. Veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Korean War are buried in the cemetery.