Governor Pritzker to Give Illinois National Guardsmen Day off in Recognition of Memorial Day

All 11 Community Based Testing Sites will be closed for holiday


SPRINGFIELD – To thank the men and women of the Illinois National Guard for their dedication to our state and our communities during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Governor Pritzker has announced plans to give all 1,109 Illinois National Guard members supporting the COVID-19 response the day off in recognition of Memorial Day.

“Though many Memorial Day traditions look different this year, I encourage every Illinoisan to take a moment this weekend to honor those who served, those currently deployed, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation we all cherish,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As the commander-in-chief of the Illinois National Guard, I am deeply humbled by the work these extraordinary individuals have been doing day and night to see Illinois through this pandemic – they’ve more than earned a day of rest.” 

These Illinois National Guardsmen are staffing our Community Based Testing Sites, Coronavirus hotline, embedded with local emergency management agencies, PPE warehousing and more.

"The Illinois National Guard has been hard at work on COVID-19 response since March, with more than 1,000 troops on duty fighting against COVID-19 and more than 1,000 deployed throughout the world protecting our nation,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. “With traffic on Memorial Day expected to be light at the COVID-19 testing sites, I requested and the Governor granted a day of administrative leave for those troops working at the testing sites, giving our Illinois National Guard members a day to reflect on their predecessors who gave all." 

Community Based Testing Sites will resume normal operations on Tuesday, May 26.