Memorial Day (Monday May 29 2023) events in Arlington Heights include a Parade (9:30 a.m.) through downtown from Sigwalt Street and Arlington Heights Road to Memorial Park at Chestnut and Fremont, and a Ceremony in Memorial Park immediately after the parade (about 11 am).
WEATHER UPDATE …
Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a northeast wind 6 to 11 mph, with no gusts forecast. The air temperature during the parade is forecast to climb from 74°F to 81°F from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Following the Annual Memorial Day parade, there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park, Fremont and Chestnut, at 11 a.m.
Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring and remembering our Nation’s Fallen Heroes, and in Arlington Heights, there is a special honor and remembrance for Arlington’s Fallen Heroes – the 58 individuals from the Village of Arlington Heights who died during military service of the United States.
The 2023 year’s participants will include the 8th Illinois Cavalry Civil War Reenactor Group; Brigadier General Richard Corner, the Commanding General of the 85th Support Company; and the US Navy Honor Guard from Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL.
Honoring PVT John Sieberg – Arlington Heights’ 59th Fallen Hero
This year’s ceremony will highlight the recent identification of a 59th Fallen Hero from Arlington Heights – PVT John Sieburg, 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment. John Sieberg’s relatives, Nadine Lussman from Switzerland, and Jeff Lussman from Iowa, will be our guests of honor. Nadine will be flying in from Switzerland to speak about John’s story.
Union soldier, John Sieburg, died of wounds at age 21 on Oct 12 1863 – between the two battles of Rappahannock Station, Virginia. Records show John was a member of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment – the famous cavalry unit believed to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg.
John was an orderly and dispatch rider. Records show that he was shot through the hip while carrying a dispatch from one headquarters to another. Gravely wounded, he laid on the battlefield until his buddies snuck out at night to find him. They put him in a blanket and carried him two miles to the field hospital. His wound was so bad that the doctor stated he would not live long and prescribed pain killers. John died the next day.
Civil War records showed John’s hometown as Elk Grove, and he was not originally identified as a Fallen Hero from Arlington Heights. However, the 1860 Census of Wheeling Township shows John Sieburg, age 18, as living on a farm owned by his father, Geo (George) Sieburg, just East of the tiny town of Dunton, IL on land that is now part of the Rolling Green Country Club. The Sieburg’s were a prominent family in Arlington Heights and one of the original founding families of St Peter Lutheran Church.
John’s story was recently discovered by his relative, Nadine Lussman, who was doing extensive research on her family tree from her home in Switzerland. Nadine discovered that the Sieburgs had a farm on Euclid just East of the tiny town of Dunton, IL. Nadine found the 1860 Census records as well as an 1861 map of Wheeling Township showing the Sieburg farm.
Sadly, we have not identified where John is buried. Because the Army of the Potomac was retreating at that time, many of the dead around Rappahannock Station were buried in a mass grave. We theorize that is where John is buried. On Memorial Day 2023, we will be honored to have family members of John Sieburg join us to honor his service and sacrifice.
The Veterans Memorial Committee is hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Ceremony on May 29, 2023. The parade is expected to include approximately 3,000 marchers with 5,000 – 8,000 viewers. The Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park is usually attended by approximately 1,500 people.
PARADE ROUTE …
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ROUTE
• Sigwalt and Arlington Heights Road westbound
• Right turn at Dunton Ave, proceeds northbound Dunton Ave
• Continues northbound to Euclid Avenue, crossing Route 14
• Left turn at Euclid Ave, proceeds westbound Euclid Ave
• Left turn at Chestnut Ave
• Ends at Memorial Park at Chestnut Ave and Fremont St
Marching route approximately 4900 feet.
Memorial service at Memorial Park after parade.
PARADE ROUTE MAP …
PICTURES from 2013 Memorial Day Parade
528 PICTURES from 2013 Memorial Day Parade …
VIDEOS from 2011 Memorial Day at Memorial Park Ceremony Traditionally held after the Memorial Day Parade …
Memorial Park Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Aristo ‘Art’ Nicholson Receives Bronze Star, Purple Heart.
Nick Marchese Purple Heart.
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