2015 Veterans Day events

2015 Veterans Day events

A SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Veterans Day ceremonies and events are being held throughout our area. They include (if your event is not included, please list it in the comments at the end of this story):

TUESDAY

DeLAND: Program at 9 a.m. in the DeLand-Weldon High gymnasium. All local veterans are invited to attend.

GEORGETOWN: Veterans celebration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High, 500 W. Mulberry St. The school will host all area veterans for coffee and donuts. Call 217-662-6716.

WEDNESDAY

ARTHUR: Annual Veterans Day Assembly at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High, 301 E. Columbia St. All veterans are welcome. The FCCLA will provide refreshments. RSVP to Wendy Leenerts at 217-543-2146, ext. 320.

ATWOOD: Program will start at 10 a.m. in the Atwood-Hammond Elementary gymnasium.

BEMENT: The annual program — sponsored by Bement school district, American Legion and VFW — is from 10-10:45 a.m. at the school's Walsh Gymnasium. Veterans will be seated as a group on the gym floor. There will be special music by the music department and recognition of all veterans in attendance. The school is creating a slide presentation of area veterans. Photos can be emailed to ltaylor@bement.k12.il.us. A chili lunch sponsored by the American Legion will be at the Post after the program. Call Doug Kepley at 217-678-4200, ext. 1 for more.

CHAMPAIGN: Assembly at 10:30 a.m. in the gym at St. John's Lutheran School, 509 S. Mattis Ave. Guests may park in the lot to the west of the building and enter in the doors at the south end of the lot.

CHAMPAIGN: The Student Veterans Association at Parkland College is sponsoring a ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Student Union, 2400 W. Bradley Ave. The observance is open to the public.

CHAMPAIGN: The University of Illinois' ROTC units will have a tri-service ceremony at 5 p.m. at the track in the Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Ave. Guest speaker is Retired Navy Capt. Jeffrey Smith. An open house with snacks and refreshments will immediately follow the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

CHAMPAIGN: Veterans Day One on One, sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Rotary Clubs, is from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Hilton Garden Inn. A dinner will honor those who served. Keynote speaker is Major General Spiese, USMC (Retired).

CHAMPAIGN: From 6:30-8 a.m., Meyer Capel law firm will offer curb-side coffee for all veterans, military and first responders in front of its offices on Church Street across from West Side Park. Rain or shine.

CHARLESTON: Eastern Illinois' annual ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in Old Main's Cougill Foyer. Program will include remarks by student/veteran T.J. Prater and President David Glassman, the laying of a wreath, a three-volley salute by The ROTC Panther Battalion and the National Anthem and taps by members of the EIU Department of Music. The public is invited.

CERRO GORDO: Veterans and their spouses will be served a biscuit and gravy breakfast at 7:45 a.m. in the high school cafeteria, followed by a program at 8:45 a.m. in the high school gym. Veterans planning to attend either should RSVP at 217-763-5221, ext. 400.

DANVILLE: Vermilion County Joint Veteran Council's program begins at 10:30 a.m. at East Veterans Memorial, on the corner of Williams and Hazel streets. There's free chili after the program at Jewell Whyte Post 728 and at American Legion Post 210.

DANVILLE: Vermilion County War Museum offers free admission to all veterans and their families from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 307 N. Vermilion St. The new radio station will be operating and there will be an attempt to contact as many military installations. Guests will be able to talk to the other stations. The station features a restored Ten-Tec transceiver used in the first Gulf War and Collins equipment that was used in the Korean War; both operate on the shortwave bands. FCC-issued call sign: W9VFW.

FARMER CITY: Schneider Elementary will honor veterans during a program at 1 p.m. in Moore Gym at Blue Ridge High. Call 309-928-2611 for more.

GIBSON CITY: The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district's annual celebration starts at 9 a.m. in the high school gym. The community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include a keynote presentation and performances by the UI drill team, GCMS High band and chorus, and GCMS Elementary students. Veterans are invited to a breakfast/social at 8:15 a.m. in the high school library. Railside Golf Club will provide golf cart services for anyone who has difficulty getting from their car to the gym. For information, contact KiLee Lidwell-McFerren at 217-784-4278.

LeROY: The American Legion Post #79 and Auxiliary of LeRoy will have their annual dinner — turkey with all the trimmings. Carry-out from 4-5 p.m., sit-down dining from 5-7 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $10; children, $5. To order a meal for delivery, call Chuck Franklin at 309-838-7040 or Catherine Franklin at 309-830-6913.

MAHOMET:Mahomet-Seymour High's assembly will begin at 8:20 a.m. Lincoln Trail Elementary's assembly/ceremony starts at 10:15 a.m. in the gymnasium will include music performed by students and recognition of veterans and active duty personnel in attendance. Veterans are invited for coffee and cookies at 9:15 a.m. in Lincoln Trail's cafeteria.

MANSFIELD:All veterans and active service personnel from the Blue Ridge school district are invited to a breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the junior high, followed by a ceremony to honor them at 8:35 a.m. Students will sing, area veterans will talk, there will be a reading of the top submissions for the Patriot's Pen Writing Project, and students' flag projects will be displayed.

MONTICELLO: 56th Annual Piatt County Veterans Day celebration, sponsored by the Piatt County Council of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, begins with the Legion program at 7 p.m. on the south side of the courthouse square. Emcee is Marty Conatser, Legion's past national commander. Speaker is Paul Gardner, current state commander. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown area. Color guards from various organization will be on hand, along with the Lincoln's Challenge Academy color guard and choir. For more, call Charles Barre at 217-762-4705 or 217-369-0115.

PAXTON: American Legion Prairie Post 150 and the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High band will present two observances for the community in the school gym. The program will include the presentation of colors by local veterans, a POW/MIA table ceremony and the recognition of veterans. The first observance is at 10 a.m. and include students in grades 6-12. The second starts at 8:45 a.m. for students in K-5.

PHILO: There will be a 50/50 drawing for the Philo Veterans Monument fundraiser raffle at 7 p.m. at Philo Township Hall, 104 S. Harrison St. Donations can be made directly to the fund at the Philo Exchange Bank. Visit PhiloVeterans.org for more.

RANTOUL: A luncheon will be held at Rantoul Township High School at 11:30 a.m. Veterans are invited to attend.

SAVOY: A ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 1492 begins at 11 a.m. at the Veterans' Memorial in front of the Savoy Municipal Center, 601 N. Dunlap Ave. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

ST. JOSEPH: A luncheon open to all seniors and veterans will be held at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 208 N. First St. Call 217-469-0115 to make a reservation.

TOLONO: The Tolono Historical Society and Veterans Museum building will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 101 E. Holden St.

TOLONO: All Unit 7 school district veterans and senior citizens are invited to a breakfast at 9 a.m. at Unity West Elementary, 1035 County Road 600 North. RSVP by calling 217-485-3918.

TUSCOLA: Judge Richard L. Broch will be the main speaker during a ceremony that opens with a 10:30 a.m. parade starting at Ervin Park and ending at the veterans' memorial next to the courthouse. A luncheon will follow in the hall at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church.

URBANA: American Legion Post 71's ceremony is at 11 a.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery, 802 N. Cunningham Ave. Guest speaker: Robert Henderson, past Fourth Division commander of the Legion. If it rains, the ceremony will be at the legion post, 107 N. Broadway Ave.

URBANA: VFW Post 630's ceremony starts at 11 a.m. in front of the post, 1303 E. Main St. Attendees are invited to partake in a lunch of ham, beans and cornbread afterward.

URBANA: The Veterans Assistance Commission of Champaign County's ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial outside of the courthouse downtown.

URBANA: An 8 a.m. ceremony to acknowledge and remember veterans through song and prayer will be held at the UI's Native American House, W. Nevada St. Light breakfast to follow. Speaker: Ronnie Preston. For more, e-mail nah@illinois.edu or call 217-265-0632.

FRIDAY

DANVILLE: A veterans recognition dinner and dance will be held from 4-9 p.m. at VFW Jewell Whyte Post 728, 8 Pine St. A spaghetti meal served from 4-6 p.m. The dance, featuring music by Hwy 341 Band, is from 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $6 for dance, $9 for dinner. Call 217-442-1227 for more.

PHILO: Unity East Elementary will have its Thanksgiving luncheon at noon at the school, 1638 County Road 1000 North. Lunch, in honor of local veterans and senior citizens, will be served around 12:20 p.m. Program begins around 1 p.m. Register by calling 217-684-5218 or e-mailing parksh@unity.k12.il.us.

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