What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.


Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL  who served - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

Volunteers Needed

Memorial Day is just around the corner and we are finalizing plans to “Honor our Fallen Veterans” here in Naperville.   we will be decorating the gravesites of all of our 2000+ interred Veterans in Naperville area cemeteries.   Given the number of flags that must be placed, we will need volunteers to help, starting with Small Area cemeteries on Wednesday, May 22 (Please meet at the VFW at 8:30am). St Peter and Paul Cemetery on Friday, May 24th at 9am.   On Saturday, May 25th we will do The Naperville Cemetery starting at 9am.  

Last year we had a tremendous turn-out and we are looking forward to even more volunteers this year.   If you are a Veteran, feel free to bring other members of your family.  This is a very special event that we do for our “Fallen Comrades” come rain or shine.   Our Cemeteries are all mapped and updated each year.

On Tuesday, May 28th, we will  pick up the flags at all cemeteries starting with St Peter & Paul at 8am and then Naperville Cemetery after that.  If you have any questions please call me at 630-240-8868 or email me @   You will not need to sign up-just show-up.


May 27, 2019


7:45 – Flag raising and service at 9/11-Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial – (taps & volley)


8:15 – Service at Veterans Park (Gartner Rd.) – (taps & volley)


8:35 – Service at Burlington Park Doughboy Monument – (taps & volley)


9:00 – Service at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery (taps & volley)


9:45 – Service at GAR Monument in Naperville Cemetery – (taps & volley)


10:30 – Advance section of parade steps off from Jackson and Ewing

Main Parade steps off from Jackson & West St., East to  Washington, North to Benton, East to Court Place (Veterans & Military Units), East to St. Peter & Paul parking lot.


10:40 – Service at plaza, corner of Webster & Jackson


12:15 – Program at Community Concert Center Selections by Naperville Municipal Band Invocation – Star Spangled Banner  Municipal Band – Service at Blackhawk Monument/Silver Star Memorial  prayer, volley, taps & Star Spangled Banner Municipal Band –


12:45 – Dismissal if it is raining at 9:00 – decision to cancel will  be made at that time by Parade committee and Naperville Police Department.

Memorial Day Parade has been a Naperville tradition for over 80 years. Let us all thank a veteran on this special day!

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Naperville American Legion Post 43

Mailing Address:    P.O. Box 4, Naperville, Illinois  60566


Larger membership meetings and Dinner/Socials held at: 
   Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 
908 W  Jackson,  Naperville, IL  60540

Meetings of Trustees, Executive Committee, other committees, Boy Scouts, and the Oratorical Contest are held at the Post Home at 10 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540