Quinn makes ‘last-minute’ Memorial Day parade appearance in Park Ridge
Gov. Pat Quinn waves to the crowd during the May 28 Memorial Day parade. | Jeff Krage~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2012 11:59AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was one of the featured guests appearing in Park Ridge’s annual Memorial Day Parade on May 28.
The parade, which began at Talcott Road and Cumberland Avenue, traveled north on Cumberland to Prairie Avenue, east on Main Street and around Hodges Park to City Hall, 505 Butler Place. Veterans, local elected officials, community groups, representatives of the Park Ridge Police and Fire Departments, scouting troops, youth groups and student organizations participated.
Quinn, who walked beside members of the military in the parade, was a “last minute addition,” according to Parade Chairman John Prochaska.
This year’s parade marshal was World War II Army Air Corps veteran Richard Smaus.
Among the new additions to the parade were representatives of Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying education campaign in local middle schools; the Maine Township Republican Women’s Club; and the Lifesource Bloodmobile.
Following the parade was a service at the American Legion’s Veterans Monument in Hodges Park. A second memorial service took place at the Civil War Veterans Monument at Town of Maine Cemetery, Touhy Avenue and Dee Road.