The Memorial Day Parade 2022 organized by the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 & the American Legion Post 43, took place again in downtown Naperville on Monday, May 30, 2022. The parade was announced by Joe Kennedy and kicked off at 10:30 am at the corner of Jackson Avenue and West Street, proceeded east to Washington Street, north to Benton Avenue, and then finished east on Ellsworth Street. The parade consisted of several Naperville-Area High School Marching Bands, representatives from many organizations around town, veterans, and individuals from the Naperville VFW.
Before the parade, there were several events around Naperville to recognize and honor U.S. Military Personnel who lost their lives serving, including a gathering at Veterans Park and the laying of memorial wreaths on the Riverwalk. Following the parade, a Memorial Day observance ceremony took place in Central Park at the Community Concert Center. The ceremony included messages from guest speakers and music performed by the Naperville Municipal Band.
Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. To date, Naperville has 114 residents who have died while on Active Duty.