Thank you, all, for making Spruce Up Day a success!

The grounds of the roundabout at North Main and Auburn streets in Rockford, Illinois are finally a fitting tribute to Winnebago County veterans. 

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, more than 300 volunteers showed up to bring beauty and energy back to Veterans Memorial Circle. Never mind that temperatures were in the high 40s and low 50s, with occasional rain. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., we had the helping hands to plant more than 6,400 annuals and more than 700 perennials.

Here is a look at our privately funded, citizen-run planting marathon. Photos courtesy of M&M Photography, with contributions by Angela Fellars and Marcia Schlarmann.

For more on how we got to Spruce Up Day and how we are working to maintain the beauty, follow us on Facebook at Friends of Veterans Memorial Circle.

And on Sunday, May 19, 2019, we proudly celebrated that success with re-dedication ceremony for Veterans Memorial Circle.

Dozens of Winnebago County veterans joined us that afternoon at the NW corner of the roundabout, under the same 40- by 60-foot tent that was our headquarters on Spruce Up Day for assigning and feeding volunteers.

Again, M&M Photography captured the spirit of the day.