Memorial Day Parade Honors National Women Veterans United as Grand Marshal 

Jesse White Tumbling Team Returns to Line of March  

From the solemn notes of “Taps,” to the inspiring march of U.S. military personnel, to the laughter and cheering of the spectators who line Longwood Drive, Chicago’s oldest neighborhood Memorial Day Parade is an event that brings our community together to pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and to celebrate how we enjoy that freedom with our friends and families on Memorial Day and every day. 

Lining up to march down Longwood Drive behind this year’s Grand Marshal – National Women Veterans United (NWUV) – on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m., will be floats, bands, scouts, antique cars, military vehicles and the Jesse White Tumbling Team. 

Spectators are welcome to make their way to Longwood Drive for great views of the festivities beginning at 108th Street and marching North to Ridge Park at 96th Street. The Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade is presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA). It is preceded by a solemn Memorial Day ceremony at Ridge Park at 9 a.m. and it follows BAPA’s Ridge Run.   

The Grand Marshal, National Women Veterans United (NWUV), is a network of women veterans from across the nation who have a history of past and/or present service in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in all branches of services, during war and peacetime. NUWV advocates for, educates, and bonds with all military women veterans, providing important programs and services. All veterans – especially women veterans – are invited to march behind the Grand Marshal.  

Back by popular demand is the Jesse White Tumbling Team! Talented members of the team will stop to perform all down the parade route, thrilling spectators with jumps and flips that defy gravity and amaze onlookers.  

The mission of the Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade and ceremony is to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day by remembering the men and women who have given their lives in the U.S. armed services to protect our freedom. It features members of the Illinois National Guard, a color guard, the Patriot Guard, scout troops including scouts carrying the American flag, the Stockyard Kilty Band, the Morgan Park High School ROTC, Lady Liberty, and lots more.  

Area families, businesses, institutions, groups and others are invited to participate in the parade. Find applications and information at bapa.org/events/ridgerun.  

Runners, families, event volunteers, neighbors, and others are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day ceremony honoring the people in the U.S. armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country, at 9 a.m. on the Ridge Run stage at Ridge Park. The ceremony includes recognition of the parade Grand Marshal, the laying of the wreath, taps, and a solemn remembrance of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  

Applications for BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade are available online at BAPA.org/ridgerun. Questions? Email bapa@bapa.org with “parade” in the subject line. 

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