HINSDALE – The 19th annual Silent Parade, which honors all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty and any civilian who perished in a fire, begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Hinsdale Fire Department.
Residents from all over are encouraged to line the streets with American flags and flashlights to pay their respects for lives lost, and to express their gratitude for the men and women who proudly serve their communities as first responders, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.
The parade leaves from the Hinsdale Fire Department, located at 121 Symonds Drive, and travels west along Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale through Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove and ending in Lisle.
A memorial service will follow at the end of the parade at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, in Lisle at about 7:45 p.m.
Three years ago, the Hinsdale Fire Department experienced its second line of duty death in the more than 100-year-old history of the department. Deputy Chief Mark Johnson suffered a heart attack in the fire station while on duty in 2010, and firefighter Walter Flemming died while fighting a structure fire in 1946.