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Kirk unable to attend Arlington Heights parade

Monday, May 28, 2012
A still image from a video released by Senator Mark Kirks office in early May 2012.  The video shows the progress Kirk has made following a stroke in January. He thanked his doctors and Illinois residents for giving him time to recover.

A still image from a video released by Senator Mark Kirk's office in early May 2012. The video shows the progress Kirk has made following a stroke in January. He thanked his doctors and Illinois residents for giving him time to recover.

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Senator Mark Kirk, who's recovering from a stroke, could not attend Monday's Memorial Day parade in Arlington Heights.

He issued a statement on his web site honoring the country's fallen heroes. It reads: "For the first time in many years, I will not be attending the Memorial Day parade in Arlington Heights to show my appreciation and respect for our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for this great country.

"Since experiencing a stroke in January, I am constantly reminded of the importance of family, friends and all those who make a difference in our lives; and of how important it is to demonstrate that we are grateful for those who give of themselves."

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