2014 Memorial Day Parade

The gold of the sun shined brightly on a sea of red, white, and blue that filled the streets of downtown Naperville this morning. Hundreds waved American flags as both participants and spectators of the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The event has been a tradition since 1928 to pay tribute to those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice. Those who’ve recently themselves in harm’s way as active duty military personnel marched, as well as local scouts and various school marching bands.

The parade started at the Judd Kendall VFW and went through the crowded streets of downtown, ending at Central Park, where the Naperville Municipal Band then had a brief patriotic concert.

During the concert, Neuqua Valley High School sophomore Savvy Raghuvanshi gave a speech regarding the constitution. He was the Illinois state champion for the annual American Legion Oratory Contest.

In his speech, he compared the constitution to a fruit tree, with the fruit being our freedoms, saying that Americans have become ignorant and careless when it comes to being knowledgeable about our government.

“In these trying times of our ignorance, we must ponder and ask ourselves an important question: What are we doing as fellow Americans to water our constitutional tree?” Raghuvanshi said at the end of his speech.

The Neuqua Valley High School choir also sang a couple songs and there was a wreathe presentation at two memorials at the park.

As for the parade, you can catch in its entirety on Naperville Community Television. Check our website: nctv17.com for a list of rebroadcast times.

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