Veterans Day celebrations scheduled
Veterans Day celebrations, programs and services in The News-Gazette area. If your event is not listed, please add it in the comments below.
— Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Bement, will honor Illinoisans who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as Illinoisans serving in the military today, with a display of 140 small flags lining a path on the east side of Bryant Cottage through Nov. 19. The tribute may be viewed anytime. The cottage’s operating hours in November are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The tribute is part of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s commemoration of the Gettysburg Address sesquicentennial. For details, visit www.GettysburgAddress150.com.
— A veterans display to commemorate the national observance of Veterans Day will run through Nov. 30 at North-South Corridor on the first floor of the University of Illinois Main Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U. The exhibit, “A Continuum of Pioneering Service: A History of Military Support at the University of Illinois,” showcases the military history and dedicated support associated with the University of Illinois and demonstrates its continued commitment to serve those who have served our nation with honor. The exhibit includes physical objects and artifacts donated by local and currently enrolled student veterans. Sponsored by the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, Veterans Student Support Services and the University of Illinois Archives. Call 333-2290 for hours.
— A Veterans Day Chili Supper and Program will be hosted by Danville Lutheran School on Thursday at the Immanuel Campus at 1930 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Dinner is served from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and the program is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Veterans are free. Tickets will be available at the event.
— Eastern Illinois University’s annual concert, “Call to Duty: Veterans Day Tribute,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. Honoring those who have served or presently serve our nation. Featuring the EIU Wind Symphony and special guests. Tickets: $12, general; $10, EIU employees; $10, seniors; $5, students. www.eiu.edu/doudna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 581-3110.
— Veterans Recognition Dinner and Dance on Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 728, 8 Pine St., Danville. Veterans of all wars and active-duty service members will be recognized. Spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Dance with music by Highway 341 Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost $9; dinner or dance alone is $6. Reservations accepted. Call 442-1227.
— Homer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 290 is planning a veterans supply drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the caboose in the downtown park. All donations will be given to our veterans at the Danville VA. Items needed: any snacks (cookies, candies, chips, pudding cups, snack mixes, nuts, microwave popcorn, dried fruit or cracker packs), any type of sugar-free snacks, deodorant (spray, stick or roll-on), hairbrushes, men’s 3-in-1 body wash, razors (at least twin blade), aftershave, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body lotion, body powder, denture cleaner, alcohol-free mouthwash, hotel-size anything, laundry soaps, dryer sheets, zip-lock bags (any size), lip balm, individual-size Kleenex, individual-size hand sanitizer, tennis shoes (velcro, sizes 9 and up), underwear and socks (sizes M to XXXL), any type of clothing any size (all new), mesh clothes bags, acrylic paints and gas cards to Casey’s. Any groups or businesses that would like to donate items in bulk may contact Kim Graham at 896-2849.
— ROTC Tri-Service Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Armory Track, 505 E. Armory Ave., C. Hosted by the Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC and the Navy ROTC units on campus. Guest speaker will be Capt. Alan Stratman, U.S. Navy retired.
— A Veterans Day service is set for 12:15 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Selected scripture readings, prayers and hymns will be about self-sacrifice and service. Handicapped-accessible entry is available from the church’s parking lot off Park Street.
— Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District will honor Veterans Day with a special program at 9 a.m. Monday in the high school gymnasium, Gibson City. The celebration is open to the public. Veterans and their families are invited to attend a social hour and refreshments starting at 8 a.m. in the high school commons. As in past years, there will be a PowerPoint of veterans from the community and a display of various memorabilia in the high school commons area.
— The Hoopeston American Legion and VFW’s annual Veterans Day program is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Hoopeston Area Middle School gym. The Hoopeston Area High band and chorus will provide entertainment; after the services, all are invited to the legion hall, 502 E. Penn St., for complimentary chili and potato soup.
— Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the Student Veterans Association at Parkland College will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Flag Lounge (campus central area), Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; Urbana High School students will sing the national anthem; a welcome by Joshua Keller, Marine Corps veteran and president of the Student Veterans Association at Parkland; presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Jonathon Titus, a Marine veteran; and featured speech by Lt. Col. John Carlson (retired), Army Reserve veteran and member of Parkland’s Department of Public Safety. A moment of silence with the playing of taps before the retiring of the colors.
— St. John Lutheran School will host an assembly honoring veterans from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium, St. John Lutheran School, 509 S. Mattis Ave., C. This year’s event will also include a lunch for the veterans afterward. All veterans are welcome. Register by calling the school office, 359-1714.
— Veterans Day program by the Vermilion County Joint Veterans Council at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the World War II memorial, 400 block of North Hazel Street, Danville, coordinated by VFW Post 728. A combined ritual team will render honors at 11 a.m. Free chili after the program at VFW Post 728, 8 Pine St., Danville, and American Legion Post 210 at Prospect and Jackson streets, Danville.
— Lake Land College’s annual Veterans Week celebrations will include a talk by Robert Dubois, a former Navy SEAL and author of “Powerful Peace,” at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at the college theater, 5001 Lake Lane Blvd., Mattoon. DuBois is a security and policy adviser who was labeled a “smart power authority” while assisting U.S., British and Iraqi forces in Baghdad. He retired from military service in 2006 but headed back to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of commanders struggling with complex threat situations. Currently chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Homeland Security Foundation of America, DuBois is the founder and chief executive officer of SEAL of Peace Consulting. After his session, DuBois will sign books and meet with Lake Land’s Collegiate Veterans Alliance. Free and open to the public.
— Veterans community event presented by University Laboratory High School and WILL will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. This event showcases the veterans’ oral history project that several Uni High School students participated in. Free and open to the public.
— A PTSD Community Seminar with Luis Montalvan, best-selling author of the book, “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” at 1 p.m. Nov. 15, at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Although the speaker is a veteran, the forum is about PTSD in general and is not exclusively discussed in terms of the military. This is a community event.
— Military honor and recognition football game against Ohio State University, Nov. 16, at Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. First St., C. About 50 currently enrolled student veterans will participate in a tailgate and attend the football game. Student veterans will be brought onto the field to be formally recognized.