About 200 people are attending a Memorial Day ceremony at this hour at Patriots Park on the Evanston lakefront.
The annual event is designed to remember service members who lost their lives in the nation’s wars.
U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky and County Commisioner Larry Suffredin are among the scheduled speakers at today’s ceremony.
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Schakowsky said only a very small percentage of Americans actually go to war now on behalf of all of the rest of us, and it’s important to remember those who sacrificed for us and will not be coming home.
Suffredin said 2,216 American service men and women have died since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “We will not forget those who lost their lives defending our freedom,” he added.
Boy Scouts and Evanston police officers served as color guards for the ceremony.