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A sure sign that summer is almost here: the 96th Annual Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade.  The parade began in 1922 and has grown to become one of the community’s favorite events.  The annual parade is Monday, May 28, 2018.

Assembly Location is Onahan School, 6634 W Raven St, Chicago, IL 60631
Assembly Time is 10am.  Parade step-off begins promptly at 11:00 am.

Tribute Ceremony will immediately follow the parade at Taft High School, 6545 W Hurlbut St, Chicago, IL 60631.

Route Map: Starts at Onahan School and continues west on Raven over Northwest Hwy and stops just past the railroad tracks to presents wreathes (Courtesy of Romance in Blooms) at the Centennial Park gardens on Avondale.  Parade then continues west past Norwood Crossing and turns south (left)  at East Circle then east (left) at Ardmore, right (south) at Natoma and finally left (east)  at Hurlbut to Taft High School.

At the end of the parade march, at 12pm, we will host a Tribute Ceremony at the Taft flagpole.  The American flag raising will start the event and the Taft Eagles Choir & Taft Drums & Bugle Corp. will perform a musical prelude. Our National anthem will again be performed by Marjorie Coakley – a prior recipient of a scholarship from the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce.

The Memorial Day Committee welcomes 16th District Police Commander, (name here) the 41st ward Alderman, Anthony Napolitano, and Grand Marshall Ted Bell, a Navy veteran of World War II.

Memorial Day Scholarship winners will also be announced at the end of the ceremony.

We would like to thank our premier sponsors for this year event: Signature Bank and Resurrection High School College Prep, and Norwood Crossing.  Volunteers needed!

To register or donate or volunteer, please visit our site:

Questions please contact the 773-763-3606

WW II Navy Veteran Ted Bell Named 2017 Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshall

Ted Bell was born on January 9, 1918.  A graduate of Lane Technical High School, he joined the US Navy in July, 1941- approximately five months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He received Basic Training at Naval Station Great Lakes and was sent to Florida to meet his ship.  There he also met Sylvia – who would later become his wife.

In spring, 1942, Ted was assigned to the Santee, an escort aircraft carrier, and became a catapult operator sending aircraft off the flight deck into the air.  The mission of the Santee was to launch aircraft that would hunt and destroy U-boats determined to harm Allied convoys.

The Santee performed numerous Atlantic crossings before being sent to South America in spring 1942 to stop Axis shipping and naval activity in the South Atlantic. During the time in the South Atlantic, the Santee attacked seven U-boats. In late summer 1943, the Santee was sent back north and eventual rendezvous with the Battleship Iowa, which was transporting President Roosevelt.  The Santee the continued to do antisubmarine operations and returned to New York in time for Christmas 1943.  In New York, they picked up P-38 fighter aircraft for transport to Scotland and the European campaign.

From Scotland, the Santee traveled the Panama Canal, picked up troops and aircraft in San Diego and delivered them to Pearl Harbor.  The Santee left Pearl Harbor and joined a convoy headed for action in the South Pacific and the New Guinea campaign Santee aircraft attacked enemy airfields and aircraft.   The Santee continued throughout the South Pacific campaign, picking up new aircraft en route and wreaking havoc with the enemy. The Santee reached the Philippines in October 1944 and later continued on towards the Japanese home islands.  On October 25, during operations against Japan, a kamikaze crashed through the flight deck and damaged the hangar deck.  The Santee was also struck by a torpedo and suffered flooding in many compartments.   Not out of the fight, the Santee crew responded with emergency repairs and continued to fight for two more days – her aircraft downing 31 enemy aircraft and sinking an ammunition ship.  She was sent to Pearl Harbor for repairs in November and sailed back to California for overhaul and repairs.

Ted married Sylvia on January 27, 1945 while the Santee was undergoing repairs.  Ted returned to his ship and the war, launching thousands of aircraft into the sky.

The Santee returned to Pearl Harbor in February 1945 and got back to the fight, this time to Leyte Gulf and then on to support the invasion of Okinawa. The Santee provided air cover and continued on to launch early summer air attacks again Kyushu, Japan.  En route to Saipan, Japan surrendered and the ship was sent to evacuate POWS from the island of Formosa (presently Taiwan) and other areas in the South Pacific.

Upon returning home from the war, Ted was a bricklayer.  He and Sylvia settled in Niles, Illinois and he built his own home – out of brick, of course!  Ted is a lifetime member of VFW Post 3579.  He credits reaching the age of 100 to never smoking and drinking moderately.

2018 Parade Route:

parade route