The Annual “Cemetery Run”

One day plus two restaurants plus three counties and six cemeteries equal my family's annual "cemetery run." That's the day on Memorial Day Weekend that we meet somewhere and travel as many of the cemeteries where are loved ones are buried as we can fit in to place flowers on gravestones. Actually, there are more … Continue reading The Annual “Cemetery Run”

Memorial Day Traditions in Southern Illinois

Note: This post was updated with information received from our Consulting Historian, Carl Sullens, on 5/26/21 regarding the origin of Memorial Day. Additionally, corrections have been made regarding the date which HerrinFesta Italiana began. Info on celebrations in 2021 was added. Southern Illinoisans have a rich history of family-based Memorial Day Traditions. Swimming pools open, … Continue reading Memorial Day Traditions in Southern Illinois