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Memorial Day Tribute at Civil War-era Cemetary

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Veterans, families and parade-goers lined streets and cemeteries for Memorial Day services throughout the area today. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee attended one service on the city’s North Side.


Rosehill Cemetery is a fitting place for a holiday that started as a Civil War commemoration.

The cemetery opened before the conflict, and it’s the resting place of many civil war dead, including Union officers and a general.

That deep history attracted many veterans to Rosehill’s service.

They included former navy sailor Francis Phillip.

He served during the Korean conflict.

He said time has changed little between the civil war, his war, and now.

Phillip: After WWI, they said it was the war to end all wars, well it hasn’t happened, so I don’t what the answer is, but we can’t give up hope. Hope springs eternal and we just have to try to get peace in the world.

Local veterans groups said goodbye to their members who passed on since last year.

This roll call was from the group, Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The ceremony ended with a gun salute and this pipe music performed by a Chicago Police Department band.


I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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