A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended
Rain had threatened to ruin this years Round Lake Area Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony with a sudden downpour as the opening ceremony was taking place in Round Lake Park at the American Legion Post on Route 134. But after that brief shower the sun came out and other than a sprinkle or two the parade completed the trip from Round Lake Park to the War Memorial in Round Lake Beach at Cedar Lake & Clarendon. Along the way there was also a Memorial Ceremony held at the War Memorial in Round Lake at Rt. 134 and Cedar Lake Road. As you can see from the two photos below showing both directions on Cedar Lake Road it was touch-and-go wondering whether or not to take cover as things started to once again get dark. After a few sprinkles I elected to position the camera inside my car, which was parked facing the oncoming parade, and shoot out the driver’s window just to keep my camera dry.
Years ago the parade organizers made the decision to refrain from sounding off all of the police and fire sirens so you may find portions of the parade a bit quiet when there is no marching band going by. After the parade I talked to several participants who said they were still drying out from the initial soaking, whether it was their hair or their trousers. I missed recording the initial remarks by Round Lake American Legion Commander Steve Hall since I mistakenly had my camera still in the single photo mode and it was not recording. Reverend Lisle Kauffman led everyone in prayer and then read from his prepared speech followed by Round Lake Beach Mayor Rich Hill. That was followed by the bell ringing as the names of local service members who made the ultimate sacrifice were read. A wreath was then placed at the foot of the Memorial and everyone was invited to stop by the Legion Hall for something to eat.
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