TISKILWA — Memorial Day services in Tiskilwa will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, in East Park. The ceremony will feature World War I artifacts and open house at the former Legion Hall.
The return of native son Harry Quick’s World War I uniform is one highlight of Tiskilwa’s ceremony that will honor all veterans. Immediately following the ceremony in the East Park, refreshments will be served at the former American Legion Hall, soon-to-be Gallery on Galena.
The program will begin with the Presentation of Colors. U.S. Navy veteran Jennifer Fisher will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which includes brief remarks by two other veterans with Tiskilwa connections, as well as the laying a wreath at the village’s two war memorial monuments. Fisher advises attendees to bring a lawn chair. She has organized the program with the assistance of Tiskilwa Historical Society and the Tiskilwa Community Association.
In the featured event in the park, Mike Johnson of Princeton will be donating several military items originally belonging to Tiskilwa doughboys Harry Quick and Milford Olds.
The Tiskilwa Historical Society invites members of the community then to drive to the north end of Tiskilwa to enjoy snacks and a “walkabout” at the former American Legion Hall. The open house will be from noon to 2 p.m., and is billed as “as is” to show progress made since last fall in restoring the old hall. When the project is completed, this museum annex will house numerous items from the society’s overflow collection of military artifacts, as well as a set-up to replicate a country school house.