2017 Veterans Day calendar

2017 Veterans Day calendar

Veterans Day ceremonies and events are being held throughout our area. They include:

Friday

ARCOLA

Arcola High School's Annual Veteran's Day Assembly is at 1:30 p.m. at Nancy Stiff Gymnasium. Join the students of Arcola schools for one of the largest student-led Veteran's Day assemblies in the area. Live music by the band and chorus, an Air Force Color Guard, and several tributes from Arcola students. Call Arcola High School at 217-268-4962 or email ecoombe@arcolaschools.com for information.

CHAMPAIGN

Local Rotary clubs are sponsoring Veterans Day One on One to connect veterans and non-veterans. The luncheon honoring area veterans is from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Marine Lt. Col. Matt Shortal, University of Illinois graduate in accountancy and former Navy Blue Angel pilot, is the keynote speaker. The admission cost with lunch is $20. For information, call Larry Kanfer at 217-398-2000.

CHARLESTON

Eastern Illinois University will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the main atrium of Old Main. As part of the event, EIU ROTC Cadet Joseph Winkler, a Paris, Ill. high graduate, will be awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement by EIU President David Glassman. Due to extremely rigid standards and a thorough screening process, only 80 Bronze Crosses are being awarded in the nation this year.

DANVILLE

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency in Danville will host its first annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Plaza (under a heated tent). Veterans will receive complimentary catered lunch, gift baskets with nutrition and tasty treats, a chance to win incredible door prizes, program recognition. For information, call 217-554-9122 or email at comaction@comaction.org.

FISHER

Fisher Grade School's 17th Annual Veterans Day Program will be at 9 a.m. in the grade school gym. Three featured veterans who will be honored during the program: Norman Elwood, Army Reserve, Sgt. 1st class; Rick Elwood: US Air Force, Tech Sgt. E6; and Henry Rappleyea: Army/Air Force, Sr. Master Sgt. The students will do a variety of music selections and presentations.

SAVOY

Windsor of Savoy will hold a Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. in their Savoy Room. Guests are welcome to attend. The VFW 5520 Honor Guard will be attending to present the flags, and play taps. The Windsor Sings will perform, there will be a poem reading, and prayer. Veteran Bob Espeseth, a resident at the Windsor of Savoy, will give a short talk and other residents that are veterans will be recognized. Refreshments will be served after the program.

URBANA

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture will offer free haircuts for male and female veterans and active military personnel veteran on at its Danville campus, 2500 Georgetown Road, and Urbana campus, 202 E. University Ave. The haircuts will be provided by Tricoci University students under the supervision of licensed instructors. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 217-442-9329 (Danville) and 217-334-7550 (Urbana).

Saturday

CHAMPAIGN and FORSYTH

All veterans of U.S. military are invited to enjoy a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse locations at 204 N. Country Fair Drive, C, and 1155 S. Route 51, Forsyth. Veterans can choose one of 10 entrees and two made-from-scratch sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/iced tea or coffee. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers.

CHAMPAIGN

Hair Cuttery's Veterans Day Share-A-Haircut program will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For every haircut purchased at one of their nearly 900 salons, including Hair Cuttery, 24 E. Green St., C, one free-haircut certificate will be donated to a veteran locally. Free-haircut certificates are donated to veterans in communities across the nation with the help of local veteran's organizations such as the American Red Cross, Operation Sacred Housing and regional Veterans Affairs offices. See haircuttery.com/locations/.

DANVILLE

Vermilion County Joint Veteran Council Veterans Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Middle East Memorial, Danville. Free chili after the program at Jewell Whyte Post 728 and at American Legion Post 210. Speaker is County Board Chair Mike Marron.

HEYWORTH

A Veterans Day exhibition of Professor Richard Gray's Veteran Portrait Project will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Carl E. Miller American Legion Post, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth, with an artist talk at 3 p.m. A second event to "Honor and Celebrate Veterans," will be the band Heyworth performing from 8 to 11 p.m., also at the legion post, with a $5 cover charge.

HOOPESTON

Program hosted by Hoopeston American Legion Post No. 384 and Hoopeston Area school at 11 a.m. at Hoopeston Area Middle School gymnasium. Keynote speaker is veteran Alfred Coon. Program features American Legion VFW Color Guard, high school band and chorus, community choir and student essay. Free chili for all following the service at the American Legion, 502 E. Penn St.

GIFFORD

Marvin Lee's Country Music Show will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Gifford Community Building. This will be a patriotic show and all the veterans will be honored. Songs like "America," "God Bless the USA" and more, plus country music. Tickets are $10 at the door.

ROSSVILLE

American Legion Post 733, Rossville, Veterans Day services will be at 11 a.m. at the Rossville Veterans Memorial, followed by a meal at the American Legion Post 733, Rossville.

WESTVILLE

Free car wash for veterans and military personnel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westville Car Wash, 800 S. State St. to honor and recognize those that have and are serving. Rain or shine.

Monday

CHAMPAIGN

All veterans are invited to a Veterans Coffee and Doughnut Gathering from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St.. C. The refreshments are free. Come share a memory or story with fellow veterans.

The Student Veterans Association at Parkland College is sponsoring a 2017 Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. in the stage area of the Student Union (U building). The featured speech will be by Army Major Gen. Donald Lynn. The ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the national anthem; a welcome by Parkland College President Tom Ramage; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services. Closing remarks will be by Kenneth Nimmons, president of Student Veterans at Parkland, followed by a moment of silence with the playing of taps before the retiring of the colors.

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