Veterans Day events, Nov. 9-12, 2018

Veterans Day events, Nov. 9-12, 2018

Veterans Day ceremonies and events are being held throughout our area the next four days. They include:


Cerro Gordo: Biscuits and gravy breakfast for veterans at 7:45 a.m. at Cerro Gordo High, followed by an assembly at 8:30 a.m.

Fisher: Annual service at 9 a.m. in the grade school gym. Principal JIM MOXLEY will interview several veterans, who will be featured.

Gifford: Observance at 8:30 a.m. at Gifford Grade School.

Mahomet: Assemblies at 10:15 a.m. at Lincoln Trail Elementary; and at 1:30 p.m. at Middletown Prairie Elementary.

Monticello: Program at 1:30 p.m. at Maple Point Supportive Living/Piatt County Nursing Home 1000 N. Union Drive.

Rantoul: Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rantoul High small gym. The school's gourmet cooking class will prepare the meal. National Honor Society, Student Council and students from Eagle Academy will help with the event. The high school band and choir will perform, and the American Legion Post will provide a color guard.

Rantoul: St. Malachy School will hold a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. The day begins with a flag ceremony by Boy Scout Pack 30 members. The fifth-grade class will prepare a white table, a tradition that originated during the time of the Vietnam War as a symbol of remembrance for service members held as prisoners of war or missing in action. No one will sit at the table. It will contain a variety of items that symbolize the sacrifices made by military men and women. The table will remain in the cafeteria throughout the week following Veterans Day.

Rantoul: JW Eater Junior High will have an assembly from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Urbana: "Voice of Veterans," a special event by the University Library in recognition of veterans in the armed forces, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's Marshall Gallery, 1408 W. Gregory Drive. Remarks on behalf of the University of Illinois Air Force, Army and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and from Fighting Illini Army ROTC alumnus Lt. NICK SULLIVAN. Also, an exhibit featuring veterans will be on display in the north-south hallway on the first floor of the Main Library.


Danville: Veterans Day 5K at 10 a.m. on the streets of Danville. Food, prizes and awards after the race at American Legion Post 210, 201 Prospect Plaza. Parking is allowed in North Ridge Junior High lot. Race-day registration, $20, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Danville: The Vermilion County War Museum will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 Sunday.

Potomac: A fish and chicken fry served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 428.


Champaign: All active, retired and former U.S. military members are invited to a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 204 N. Country Fair Drive. Proof of service includes a military ID card, VA card or discharge papers. Call 217-355-9901.

Champaign County: The Veterans Assistance Commission hosts a ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana.

Danville: Vermilion County Joint Veteran Council's program at 10:30 a.m. at the Freedom Memorial Plaza, the World War I memorial, at Main and Logan. JOHN ALBERS, commander of the American Legion Curtis G. Redden Post 210, will give the welcome, followed by the invocation by WAYNE ANDERS. Colors presented by the Marine Corps League Maj. Kenneth D. Bailey Detachment 824. Speakers are BERNIE LEWALLEN, a World War II veteran, and Marine Corps Sgt. WARNER MILLER. Ceremony ends with a rifle salute and taps. Free chili after the program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at VFW Jewell Whyte Post 728 and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Legion Post 210, Jackson and Prospect.

Hoopeston: Program hosted by American Legion Post No. 384 and Hoopeston Area schools at 2 p.m. at middle school gymnasium. Keynote speaker is LARRY BAUGHN, Vermilion County Board chairman. Program features American Legion VFW Color Guard, high school band and chorus, and a student essay.

Monticello: Piatt County Council of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary's 59th Annual Piatt County celebration and parade. MARTY CONATSER, American Legion Past National Commander, is master of ceremonies. MICHAEL CARDER, American Legion Department of Illinois Commander, will give an address at 7 p.m. on south side of the courthouse square. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown area led by the county American Legion commander and the auxiliary president. Color guards from various veterans' organizations on hand along with the Lincoln's Challenge Academy color guard and choir.

Rantoul: The Ministerial Coop of Rantoul has planned a gathering for the community at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Century Blvd. A portion of the service will include honoring all veterans who are in attendance. The Rev. OTIS EVANS of Greater New Light Baptist Church, president of the ministerial coop, will preach. ERIC KIDWELL, creative arts pastor at Christian Life Church, will lead the worship music.

Savoy: American Legion Post 1492's ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Savoy Municipal Building, 611 N. Dunlap Ave. Lt. Col. ERIC ASHWORTH (U.S. Army, retired) is the keynote speaker. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the municipal building.

Urbana: American Legion Post 71's Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery. Atwood Police chief and Urbana Post 71 Sons of the American Legion Adjutant ROB BROSS is the keynote speaker. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at Post 71, 107 N. Broadway Ave.

Urbana: VFW Post 630's ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of thee post, 1303 E. Main St.

Westville: Car wash, in conjunction with thousands of other locations, will provide free washes to veterans and current military service personnel, through the Grace For Vets Free Wash Program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westville Car Wash. Rain or shine.


Atwood: Assembly at 10 a.m. at Atwood-Hammond Grade School.

Bement: Assembly at 8:30 a.m. at Bement High.

Champaign: The Student Veterans Association at Parkland College's ceremony at 11 a.m. on the stage in the U building. Posting and retiring of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; welcome address by Parkland President and Army veteran TOM RAMAGE; presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Army veteran TIM WENDT, Parkland's director of enrollment services; keynote speech by Air Force veteran RONNIE TURNER-WINSTON of the American Legion; and closing remarks by Marine veteran and Student Veterans Association president ELIJAH RAMIREZ.

Champaign: Coffee from 9-10 a.m. in the Lounge of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St. All veterans are welcome to the coffee and doughnut gathering. Free and open to all veterans and family members.

DeLand: Breakfast for veterans at 9 a.m. at DeLand-Weldon High, followed by an assembly at 10 a.m.

Farmer City: Lunch for veterans at 11:15 a.m. at Schneider Elementary. RSVP to 309-928-2611.

Farmer City: Assembly at 1 p.m. at Blue Ridge High.

Georgetown: Community members are invited to Georgetown-Ridge Farm High's morning assembly, which starts at 9, after 8:15 coffee and donuts. Multiple branches of the military will be recognized; DAVID HUGHES is the guest speaker. The band and choir will perform and several students will also speak.

Hoopeston: Free chili served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 384, 502 E. Penn St.

Ludlow: Ludlow Grade School will have a school-wide assembly/presentation at 10 a.m.

Mahomet: Mahomet-Seymour schools will honor veterans assemblies at 8:20 a.m. (high school) and 2:30 p.m. (junior high). The high school will also host a 7:30 a.m. breakfast, which local veterans and their families are welcome to attend.

Mansfield: Breakfast for veterans at 7:30 a.m. at Blue Ridge Intermediate and Junior High, followed by an assembly at 8:30 a.m.

Paxton: Ceremony will be held at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High. Students from Eastlawn and Clara Peterson Elementary will be transported by school bus to the high school for the event. A program for elementary school students begins at 8:45 a.m., and the high school/junior high program at 10 a.m. The public is invited to the latter.

Potomac: Service at 11 a.m. at David Judy Park.

Rantoul: Observances include Northview Elementary, a flag raising at 7:40 a.m., followed by a veterans breakfast and assembly at 8:40 a.m.; Eastlawn Elementary at 9:30 a.m.; Broadmeadow Elementary at 1 p.m.; and Pleasant Acres School at 1 p.m. in the gym.

Rossville: American Legion Post 733's service at 1:30 p.m. at Rossville-Alvin Grade School gym, 350 N. Chicago St.

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