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Harrisburg holding in-person Memorial Day ceremony

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- The city still plans to remember fallen service members but in a safe way.

The ceremony will take place at Little Arlington Cemetery, which was established in 1931 to honor those from Saline County who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Currently, there are 242 crosses in the cemetery representing those service members and they recently got a face lift.

Mayor John McPeek says every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, a resident would come out to clean the crosses and noticed the markers starting to deteriorate.

Over the past few years, he and other volunteers worked to get the crosses replaced. They found a company that made and donated new crosses and another company to lay the foundation on which they stand.

"It's just something that the city of Harrisburg is so proud of," the mayor remarks. "For all the people who have worked on this. It's just been spectacular. "

The plans are to have all 242 names added to the crosses as volunteers continue to improve the cemetery.

For now, those service members will be remembered in a Memorial Day ceremony, which was originally going to be canceled due to the Coronavirus.

However, McPeek says it's too important of a day for the city and its residents to not pay their respects.

"We decided that we need to have this on Memorial Day for our freedom, " he explains. "For the these 242 service members who fought for our freedom."

Several speakers will take the stage one at a time during the ceremony including McPeek himself and State Senator Dale Fowler.

The ceremony is open to anyone who wishes to attend, but they are asked to follow social distancing guidelines.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at Arlington Little Cemetery inside of Sunset Lawn Cemetery.

Address:

701-899 Brennon Drive,

Harrisburg, IL 62946

Brooke Schlyer

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