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This FREE event will begin at the Byron Forest Preserve’s Heritage Farm with the firing of a Civil War cannon near the Rock River by 10:30 a.m. A parade over the Rt 2 bridge will end at the Soldiers’ Monument on Second Street around 11:00 a.m. A brief re-dedication ceremony will be followed by a reception in the American Legion Hall on Union Street. Byron’s annual Chili Cook-Off begins at noon.
150 years ago in 1866, the Byron community dedicated the Civil War marker that they began working on before the war had ended. Today this monument is oldest still standing in Illinois despite having been struck by lightening and toppled by a tornado in 1918. Learn more about Byron’s war-time past and Underground Railroad connections from period reinactors before and after the parade.