Sen. Mark Kirk joined hundreds of people at Arlington Memorial Park in Arlington Heights Monday for a Memorial Day parade and ceremony honoring members who have served in the U.S. Military.
Kirk, who missed last year’s parade while recovering from a stroke,asked for a round of applause for attending World War II vets “who saved civilization.”
At the Memorial Day ceremony after the parade Kirk presented a Bronze Star Medal to Lake Forest resident Daniel Field for his father, Edward Field, a World War II veteran.
The ceremony also honored the 58 soldiers Arlington Heights has lost in battles dating back to the Civil War.
Though drizzling rain and chilly temps threatened the parade and ceremony, hundreds still came to show their support.
“For those folks that I see wearing a uniform, you all know what I have experienced- that key moment when you wear the uniform and know that you will give up everything for this country, which is the greatest force for human dignity,” Kirk said.