ROCKFORD (WREX) – Downtown Rockford is expected to be bustling with people Monday for Memorial Day festivities.
The Memorial Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. at 7th Street and 6th Avenue in Rockford. From there, the parade goes north along 7th Street to East State Street, then heads west, crossing the Rock River on the State Street Bridge and continues west all the way to North Main Street. The parade ends at Veterans Memorial Hall at 211 North Main Street.
Festivities keep going from there. A Memorial Day ceremony starts as soon as the parade ends at Veterans Memorial Hall. The ceremony will feature guest speaker, U.S. Army Captain Jeffery Johnson, plus Winnebago County and City of Rockford leaders. Following the ceremony is a dove release. To conclude, every year, there’s a ‘Sinking of the Ship’ event, located behind the Rockford Public Library. These events should wrap up by noon.
Starting at 1 p.m. Monday, the Navy Club Ship # 1 will host a “USS Constitution” Dedication Ceremony. This will be located at 2324 Charles Street in Rockford. The Navy Club of Rockford Ship #1 will host a dedication ceremony for a large model of the “USS CONSTITUTION.” Organizers say the ship was built and donated to the club by Rockford resident and veteran Ronald Ramlow.