Flags, speeches and music will honor military veterans at three community celebrations in Mahomet this weekend.
Museums in Tuscola and Danville next week will hold programs for veterans and people interested in military lore.
The Living Flag: Old Glory Sings programs at Mahomet Christian Church, 908 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet, are in their sixth year.
Scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, each program will feature the color guard from Lincoln's Challenge Academy, Rantoul; the drill team from Air Force Detachment No. 190 ROTC unit at the University of Illinois and Small Wonders Preschool Singers from the church.
Major David Porter, assistant professor of military science at UI, is the guest speaker for the programs.
A veterans' appreciation chili supper will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Danville Lutheran School, Immanuel Building, 1930 N. Bowman Ave., Danville.
Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and younger and are free for veterans. Students will provide entertainment.
Other church programs for veterans are listed in today's religion calendar.
On the actual Veterans Day, Thursday, the Vermilion County War Museum, 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville, will celebrate its 11th anniversary with a free open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Conflicts from the Revolutionary War up to today's battles in Afghanistan are covered by the museum.
During the day, the museum's ham radio station will operate, talking to other museums, military installations and schools around the world.
Also, at 6 p.m. Thursday, a USO-type show is planned in the main exhibit hall of the Douglas County Museum, 700 S. Main St., Tuscola.
The Relative Pitch trio, accompanied by pianist Sue Patterson, will sing World War II-era songs.
The current museum exhibit is "Where Were You During World War II?"
A $12 ticket includes the show; exhibit; and an indoor, buffet picnic with sandwiches, side dishes and desserts.
Reservations may be made at: 253-5171, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday; 253-2535, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and 253-4620, evenings.