Walk Through a Beautiful Display of American Flags

https://youtu.be/883wUmvi5u0 The video link is above. If you can make it to Carterville on Memorial Day, it's worth the drive to Cannon Park to see the beautiful American flags on display. It is very sobering to walk through the flag-lined path and read the names of past and present persons in the military. It is … Continue reading Walk Through a Beautiful Display of American Flags

It’s Back…the 30th Annual HerrinFesta Italiana Returns

HerrinFesta Italiana has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Southern Illinois since it started 1991. The event celebrates Herrin's Italian heritage. Festa, an alias of the festival, became one of millions of events cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern Illinois' festival that signals the unofficial beginning of summer has finally returned … Continue reading It’s Back…the 30th Annual HerrinFesta Italiana Returns

Watch “A Walk Through the Carterville Lioness Club’s 8th Annual Military Salute, Cannon Park, 2016” on YouTube

This video is from 2016. Unfortunately, the Carterville Lioness Club had to cancel this year's Military Salute due to COVID-19. Hopefully, it will return next year. Walking through those beautiful flags, each in honor or memory of someone who has served, is a sobering experience... https://youtu.be/v4f86Bw0qRM

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