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Updated: May 27, 2013 9:54PM

Chicago area residents celebrated Memorial Day on Monday with parades, masses and ceremonies by remembering members of the military killed in war as well as surviving war veterans.

Gov. Pat Quinn was scheduled to march in the annual Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade in northwest suburban Park Ridge, while Cardinal Francis George said a Memorial Day mass honoring veterans at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in the 6000 block of West 111th Street in south suburban Alsip.

In Chicago, Beverly, Lincoln and Oak Hill cemeteries held Memorial Day services at the Veteran’s Memorial at 123rd Street and Kedzie Avenue.

In Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, the storied WOOGMS — Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society — parade, “Where Everybody Marches, Nobody Watches” stepped off in the morning.

Veterans also gathered for a ceremony honoring those killed and called for an end to wars at the riverside Vietnam War Memorial at Waker Drive and Wabash Avenue.

Arlington Heights, Aurora, Glenview, Naperville, Plainfield and St. Charles were among suburbs that had Memorial Day parades. Many others held ceremonies and observances.

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