Glencoe’s Memorial Day parade
Memorial Day parade
When: Monday, May 28, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Starts at Central School, heads down Hazel Avenue to Vernon Avenue
Honorees: Stanton Schuman, William Vaughn Jacobs and Edith Huey Shelton (all deceased) will be recognized
Updated: July 2, 2012 9:01AM
The Glencoe Patriotic Days committee has a theme again this year for Memorial Day: veterans who have an association with the Glencoe Park District.
In recognition of the district’s 100th anniversary, tales of three veterans who had big roles in the district will be told at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Though Memorial Day is supposed to honor U.S. war dead, not veterans, at least one of the three had a big role in the village’s own Memorial Day recognition: Stanton Schuman, the founder of the village’s Patriotic Days Committee, which sponsors the Memorial Day program and parade, and the Fourth of July celebration.
“Mr. Glencoe”started the group in 1945, after he returned from World War II, having survived the Battle of the Bulge.
Schuman was a park district commissioner and president who helped lead the development of the Watts Center. He died five years ago at 92.
The Stanton Schuman Overlook on the bluff above Glencoe Beach is named for him, as is the Stan Schuman Community Garden.
Another Memorial Day honoree is William Vaughn Jacobs, one of the park district’s founders. Known as “the Colonel,” he served in the Illinois National Guard in the late 19th century.
Edith Huey Shelton was the first female district commissioner, and its first lady president, in 1951. She was active in the Civilian Defense Council. Shelton Park, 251 Harbor St., is named for her.
Lengthier vignettes about the three will be presented at the end of Glencoe’s Memorial Day Parade, which forms Monday morning on Greenwood Avenue in front of Central School.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, firefighters and cops will be joined on the street by regular folks, as they step off at 10:30 a.m. They’ll head east down Hazel Avenue to Vernon Avenue, then north to Park Avenue and east across Green Bay Road and the Metra tracks to Veteran’s Memorial Park, 299 Park Ave. In case of rain, the service will be held at the Glencoe Park District’s Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Road.