It was a somber morning in Lake Bluff for the 200 or so people who dressed in layers to attend a chilly and poignant Memorial Day Observance that was lead by a cast of Village All-Stars. American Legion Post 510 Commander Rudy Iberle opened the ceremony with a welcoming address; Lake Bluff Scout Troop 42 raised the flag; Trustee Rick Lesser recited the Pledge of Allegiance; Grace United Methodist Church Pastor Debbie Fisher issued the Invocation; Lake Forest High School student Natalie Blahunka sang "America The Beautiful," and Lake Bluff Middle School Student Council President Annie Wells read the Gettysburg Address. Here are several photos of the morning's ceremony, which was held on the Village Green and sponsored by Post 510. Please continue reading for a list of Village residents who have died while serving the United States since the Civil War.
State Sen. Susan Garrett read The Necrology, which is a listing of Lake Bluff husbands, brothers and sons who died while serving the U.S.
- Civil War: George W. Miller; Lewis Miller; John H. Miller; Henry W. Ostranger
- World War I: Fred Basel; M. Martin Johnston
- World war II: William R. Barlow; Richard Hickmann III; Gavin McCarthy; William Rich, Jr.; David T. Smithson
- Vietnam War: Ellis G. Bohon; Paul Mattson
Regarding the Iraq and Afganistan wars since 2003, Sen. Garrett read names of men who are from or had ties to Lake County:
- 2003: Army Specialist Uday Singh, 21, Lake Forest
- 2004: Army Staff Sgt. Donald Farmer, 33, Zion; Army Specialist Jaime Moreno, 28, Round Lake Beach; Army Specialist Wesley Wells, 21, Libertyville; Marine Pfc. Geoffrey Morris, 19, Gurnee; Army Major Paul Syverson III, 32, Lake Zurich
- 2005: Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Maher, 19, Gages Lake; Army Second Lt. Matthew Coutu, 23, a Lake Forest High School graduate; Army Capt. Benjamin Jansky, 28, Waukegan; Army First Lt. David Giaimo, 24, Waukegan; Army Sgt. First Class James Ochsner, 36, Waukegan; Army Pfc. Anthony Alex Gaunky, 19, Gurnee
- 2006: Army Captain Shane Mahaffe, Gurnee; Marine Sgt. Edward Davis III, 31, Waukegan; Army Sgt. Terry Lisk, 26, Fox Lake; Army Sgt. Jason Denfrund, 24, husband of Gurnee native Melissa Sanzone
- 2007: Army Cpl. Keith Nurnburg, husband of a Round Lake teacher; Army Cpl. Jason John Hernandez, 27, Highland Park
- 2008: Army Sgt. John Penich, 25, Beach Park
- 2009: Army Specialist Robert Weinger, 24, Woodstock