Riverside’s annual Memorial Day program will take place on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Gold Star Memorial Garden in Guthrie Park, at Bloomingbank and Riverside roads, between the train station and the Riverside Public Library.
This year’s program honors five Riverside women who were wartime girlfriends of servicemen from Riverside, whom they would later marry after the war and with whom they raised families. The women, now in their 90s, are all widows but remember well the many hand-written letters and years of continuous worry as they read about the battles overseas.
All 54 servicemen from Riverside who were killed in action during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will have their names read in honor of their sacrifice by pastors representing the Riverside Covenant of Churches.
Patriotic music will be provided by the Riverside School District 96 Choir, the Riverside-Brookfield High School Choir and Band, trumpeter Dovas Lietuvninkas, and soloist, Joe Dudzik, a Vietnam veteran.
In case of cold or rainy weather, the Memorial Day program will be held indoors at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Road, across the street from Hauser Junior High School.
Parking is available on the street and behind Hauser Junior High, 65 Woodside Road.
The program is sponsored by the Riverside American Legion Post #488, the Riverside Covenant of Churches, the village of Riverside, and is directed by Riverside resident Tom Sisulak.