Military re-enactors plan appearance July 14 in Rantoul for fundraiser

Military re-enactors plan appearance July 14 in Rantoul for fundraiser

RANTOUL — A slice of military history is coming to Rantoul this month.

Re-enactors from five different conflicts will come to Rantoul on July 14 as part of a fundraiser to erect a veterans memorial in the community.

The event will be held just south of Rantoul Business Center. The location is on the north end of the John E. Baermann Memorial Parade Grounds on South Century Boulevard on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Re-enactors from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War will be present.

The event begins at 1 p.m.

There will be an aerial fly-by, cannon fire and messages by Larry Weaver, who is a retired history teacher at Rantoul Township High School, and Jim Cheek, chairman of the veterans memorial committee.

The re-enactors will be set up, and visitors can check out their clothing, weapons and other equipment from the different periods.

For a donation, visitors can fire a cannon or a musket.

Echo "Taps" will be played at 4:30 p.m. while the color guard lowers the U.S. flag.

The event is free.

All donations will be used to support the Rantoul Veterans Memorial construction fund.

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