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A sampling of Veterans Day celebrations, programs and services in The News-Gazette area (If you have an event to add, please do so in the comments section below the story):


Eastern Illinois University's annual concert. "Call to Duty: A Veterans Day Tribute," 7:30 p.m., Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Charleston. Featuring the Eastern Illinois University Wind Symphony, plus the Springfield-based 144th U.S. Army Band's Five Star Trombone Ensemble. Admission: General public, $12; EIU faculty/staff and senior citizens, $10; EIU students, $5. 581-3110,


Clinton schools celebrations:

— Lincoln School will host a breakfast. Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony by the Clinton American Legion at 8:30 a.m. If you plan to attend, be at the Lincoln School playground at about 8:15 a.m. Breakfast served after the ceremony. To attend the breakfast, call 935-6772.

— Interview with a Soldier assembly, 10 to 11 a.m., in the gymnasium, Webster School. The junior high will have an assembly at 2:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Ben Klekamp, a fifth-grade teacher at Webster. The school also is doing a fundraiser for the Central Illinois Honor Flights, and the event features music by the band and chorus. A thank-you video from the CJHS Media Club will be shown, and contest winners from each grade level will read their winning essays.

— Dessert reception at the end of the day at Clinton High for all veterans and their spouses. The Wall of Valor also will be unveiled at that time.

Unity East Elementary School Veterans Day/Thanksgiving Senior Dinner and Program. 12:30 p.m. Those interested in more information or in making a dinner reservation, call 684-5218.

Arcola High School annual assembly. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Nancy Stiff Gymnasium. To celebrate and honor the veterans and active servicemen and women of Arcola and surrounding communities. This is a student-driven assembly organized by the AHS speech class. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided after the assembly.

VA Illiana Health Care System's program. 2 p.m., Building 104, Social Activities Room, Danville. To honor all veterans who have served and continue to serve today. Guest speaker: Michael Hamilton, former director at VAIHCS (2008-11) and an Army veteran and lieutenant colonel, retired from U.S. Army Reserves. The program will have entertainment and refreshments.

University of Illinois veterans recognition ceremony at UI hockey match. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10, Ice Arena, 406 E. Armory Ave., C. Student veterans will be provided with a free ticket.


UI veterans recognition ceremony at Illini football game. 2:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. First St., C. Student veterans will be provided with a free ticket and will be brought onto the field to be recognized.

Mahomet American Legion breakfast. 7:30 to 10 a.m., Mahomet American Legion Post 1015, 412 E. Main St. Pancake and sausage breakfast. Menu: Pancakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee. Cost $5, adult; $3, children under 12.


Urbana American Legion Post 71 ceremony. 11 a.m., Eastlawn Cemetery, 802 N. Cunningham Ave. The event will be at the Legion Post 71, 107 N. Broadway, in the event of rain.

Urbana VFW Post 630 ceremony. 11 a.m. in front of the post, 1303 E. Main St., U. Attendees are invited inside the post after the ceremony to partake in a lunch of ham and beans and corn bread.

Champaign County Veteran's Association ceremony. Noon, War Memorial in front of the Champaign County Courthouse, downtown Urbana. Keynote speaker: Matt Kreeb, who walked guard duty for 3 years at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

UI ceremony. 1 p.m., UI Armory, 505 E. Armory Ave., C. A tri-service ceremony hosted by ROTC.

Hoopeston American Legion and VFW program. 1 p.m., Hoopeston Area High School auditorium. Entertainment by the school band and chorus. A free lunch will be at Hoopeston American Legion, 502 E. Penn St., immediately after the program. 283-6312

UI veterans recognition ceremony at women's basketball game. 2 p.m., UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Student veterans will be provided with a free ticket to the game and recognized during the contest.

Tolono United Methodist Church program. 2 to 3 p.m., Tolono United Methodist Church, 301 N. Bourne St. Music by Celebrate Life Singers; a presentation by Bill Kirby and Ralph Newberry, World War II veterans who participated in Central Illinois Honor Flights this past year; a candle-lighting ceremony to honor surviving veterans and those who have passed on. Refreshments provided after the service. 485-3610,

Welcome home celebration. Presentations at 3 p.m., Sidney American Legion's Post Home, 212 S. David St. Hosted by Sidney American Legion Post 433 legionnaires and Ladies Auxiliary. Sidney- area military personnel who have or are currently honorably serving our country to include those who served from the Aug. 2, 1990, start of the Gulf War through and including those who continue to serve in the ongoing war on terror are invited to attend and be recognized. Additionally, Sidney American Legion Post 433 will honor 15 of its members for their continuous years of service to the legion. Light refreshments will be served. Bill Hensch, 688-2777.

Champaign-Urbana Area Rotary dinner and program. 4:15 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Champaign West Rotary is having a special off-site meeting for Champaign Area Rotary groups to say thank you to veterans. Rotarians are asked to bring a veteran to the dinner. Guest speaker: Lt. Col. Thomas E. Burke, CDR, 3-101st Avaition Regiment Eagle Attack. Program includes the national anthem by Unity Banner Singers and retiring of colors by UI ROTC Color Guard. Dinner cost is $13 per person, paid in advance. For more information, call Larry Kanfer at 369-1733 or visit

The 53rd annual Piatt County program/parade. 7 p.m., Monticello. Master of Ceremonies: Past American Legion National Commander Marty Conatser. Speech by American Legion Department of Illinois Commander Wayne Wagner of Buckley at 7 p.m. on the south side of the Monticello town square. Parade at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown area.


Parkland College ceremony. 10:55 a.m., Flag Lounge, X Wing in the center of the campus, Champaign. A brief ceremony with the presentation of colors by the UI ROTC and an introduction of current veterans on campus. Keynote speaker: Veterans advocate Mohawk Man. Followed with a moment of silence and the playing of taps. Sponsored by the Student Veterans Association at Parkland, and the public is invited to attend.

Savoy American Legion Post 1492 ceremony. 11 a.m., Veteran's Memorial in front of Savoy Municipal Building, 611 N. Dunlap. Several speakers will address those in attendance.

EIU commemoration ceremony. 10:30 a.m., in front of Old Main (the "Castle"), Livingston C. Lord Administration Building, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. This annual campus event culminates a weeklong series of events. Ceremony includes the laying of a wreath and remarks by both Cody Gallagher, a student veteran and ROTC cadet, and EIU President Bill Perry. A three-volley salute by the ROTC Panther Battalion and the national anthem and taps performed by the EIU Department of Music. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be inside the building.