Participate in this year's parade!
About the Parade
The City of Wood Dale and VFW Tioga Post #2149 will be honoring our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country with a parade and memorial service on Memorial Day. The parade will begin at 11:00 am at Addison Road and Elizabeth Drive and end at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 269 W. Irving Park Road. At the conclusion of the parade, a short memorial service will be held on the grounds of the Veteran’s Memorial.
Staging at 10 am on Elizabeth Drive between Addison and Wood Dale Road.
Note: Elizabeth Drive will be closed from 9:30am- Noon
Walk Your Pets in the Parade
A limited amount of pets are welcome to walk in the parade. Pet entrants are on a first-come/first-served basis. You must fill out the parade application and pet waiver to have your pet participate. Please be sure to use discretion depending on the weather the day of the actual parade and bring lots of water, and/or keep your animals home if it is too hot.
Kick Off 11 am
Addison Road and Elizabeth Drive North to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Irving Park Road
During the road closures, no vehicles will be allowed to cross the roadway except for police or medical emergencies.
• 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Elizabeth Drive between Wood Dale & Addison
• 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Addison Road between Elizabeth & Irving Park
• 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Irving Park Road between Addison & Wood Dale
The staging area on Elizabeth Drive will allow continued access to the Elizabeth Park Townhomes, Dominion Towers, Dominion Townhouses and Maple Meadows Golf Course. Once Addison Road is closed at 10:45 a.m., vehicles will only be allowed to travel south on Addison Road towards Lake Street.
Addison Road to Prospect, Prospect to Thorndale, Thorndale to Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale Road to Elizabeth Drive. Alternative Eastbound & Westbound Irving Park Road Detour:
Addison Road to Prospect, Prospect to Thorndale, Thorndale to Route 83, Route 83 to Oak Meadows Drive
Memorial Paver Bricks
Memorial Paver Bricks are installed twice each year prior to the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. Two brick sizes 4”x8” and 8”x8” are available to honor veterans of any military service, as well as civilian friends, family and organizations. Click here for more information on memorial pavers.
In the case of inclement weather the Parade and Ceremony will be cancelled.
- Staging starts at 10am on Elizabeth Drive between Wood Dale Road and Addison Road.
- All parade entrants must enter the staging area at Wood Dale Road and Elizabeth Drive.
Entry from Addison Road will not be allowed.
- Shuttles will be provided for parade entrants between the Wood Dale Bowl and 199 S. Addison Road (N/E corner of Addison & Elizabeth). Your group that signed you up for the parade will have further details about this service.
As a special tribute to those that have lost our lives we are asking citizens and parade watchers alike to understand flag etiquette. How do you salute it, and when. Military persons in uniform, Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform, and military veterans salute it with a military salute when it is paraded, when the Pledge of Allegiance is said, or when the National Anthem is played. Civilians remove their hat with their right hand and hold it over their left shoulder, or if they are not wearing a hat, they hold their right hand over their heart.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
For more information please call (630) 787-3709.