It’s that time of year again: Almost summer.

River Forest will celebrate its 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. on May 28 at Constitution Park, 7715 Greenfield St. The River Forest Service Club, the parks foundation, park district and village hall are throwing the annual event for residents. The Premium Sponsors of the parade are Forest Park National Bank & Trust Co. and SunStar Dental. Other sponsors include MB Financial Bank, Novick Orthodontics, Pan American Bank and Trust, and your very own Wednesday Journal. 

This year’s Grand Marshal is Lt. JG Robert F. Berg, who actively served in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1969. During that time he was an atomic weapons production control officer, where he oversaw inventory control, inspection and verification of atomic weapons, and later became a chemical biological radiological officer, where he trained staff on how to protect themselves if a chemical attack occurred. Of course, he had a “top secret” security clearing.  

Other highlights include performances by the marching bands of Proviso West High School and Oak Park and River Forest High School; the SM6 family band; the Chicago-based Pack Drumline and Dance Crew leadership program; and much more. Fourteen active veterans will be honored, and four reserve veterans will be recognized during the ceremony. Village President Cathy Adduci and Park District President Ross Roloff will be among those giving speeches. 

The parade travels from Constitution Park, south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street and then west to Keystone Park, where it finishes with a community picnic for all, which includes the longstanding free hotdog lunch. 

Nona Tepper

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