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American Legion, VFW and Village of Mundelein Team Up for Memorial Day Parade, Ceremony

In recognition of Memorial Day, the American Legion Post #867, the Village of Mundelein and the VFW have planned a parade and ceremony to remember and honor those who have served the country. Mundelein residents are cordially invited to partake in the plans.

The parade will take place on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. Parade participants, (all community organizations and non-profits are welcome), will gather at the Mundelein Metra Station, 205 North Archer Avenue, and will conclude at Memorial Park where Mayor Pro Tem Ray Semple will address the audience.

All veterans participating in the parade have the option of riding in an open vehicle, which must be provided by the participant, or riding in the trolley which is provided. Uniforms or hats can be worn indicating each participant’s service branch. The Trolley will pick Veterans up at Memorial Park at 8:45 a.m. and take them to the VFW ceremony at Rte. 176 and Hawley that starts at 9 a.m. Then, they will travel to the Village Hall for the start of the Memorial Day Parade. The parade will proceed down Division to Memorial Park.

Mundelein’s Memorial Day Parade is a solemn and respectful event intended to honor veterans and those who have given their life for their country. Therefore, distribution of candy, promotional materials, brochures and such is not permitted.


o Parade starts from Village Hall – 10 a.m.
o Parade arrives at Memorial Park –10:30 a.m. (Approximately)
o Opening Prayer – Father Tom Franzman – University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Introduced by Post Commander
o Presentation of Gold Star Wreath - Auxiliary
o Recognize Dignitaries and Officials in attendance – Post Commander
o Trustee Ray Semple Remarks – Introduced by Post Commander
o Distinguished Memorial Day Speaker – Paul Baffico, President and Founder of Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation
o Closing Prayer – Father Franzman

About the Speaker
Paul Baffico is a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division in 1970 and 1971 as a communications platoon leader. He flew 206 combat assaults and earned the Silver Star, the Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

He is a monthly volunteer docent for the National Park Service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC where he has served for 132 consecutive months; he is a certified Peer Support Specialist for Veterans, the 2012 Red Cross Military Hero of the Year for Greater Chicago, and is currently the President of the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation that he founded in 2012 as a part of his recovery process in dealing with the invisible wounds of combat. His book, Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot, is about his healing, and was published on Amazon and Kindle.

Paul spent his career at Sears Roebuck and Company. He started as a part-time stock person in San Francisco while attending the University of San Francisco. When he completed his Sears career in 2001 after 34 years, he was the President of the Automotive Group and the Chairman and CEO of Western Auto. In 1999 he retired and founded Invisible Intellect, LLC, a small management consulting firm located in Lake Forest.

Paul lives in Lake Bluff with his co-author and wife, Max Smith.

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