Saturday, Nov. 10
Arlington Heights: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov 10, at St. Peter Lutheran Church Life Center, 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights. Free breakfast for all veterans, followed by a welcome by Mayor Arlene Mulder and the commanders of veterans organizations in Arlington Heights. Special presentation and cake cutting by the Northwest Suburban Marine Corps League in honor of the 237th birthday of the USMC. "Stories Behind the Bricks" -- stories of veterans who have commemorative bricks at Veterans Memorial Park in Arlington Heights. A military flag ceremony by the Color Guard of American Legion Post 208. And finally, the annual "Remembering Our Veterans" photo in front of the giant U.S. flag.
Contact information ( * required )
Elgin: Watch City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1307, 1601 Weld Road in Elgin, invites the community to join in the 237th Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Admission includes a DJ, an evening of music, free draft beer, draft pop and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets will be available at the canteen. For details, call (847) 888-9809.
Lake in the Hills: The Lake in the Hills American Legion, 1101 W. Algonquin Road, invites the community to join in the 237th Marine Corps Birthday from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Admission is $20 per person or $15 with an unwrapped toy. Proceeds will go to Toys For Tots. There will be food and door prizes. For details, call (847) 658-2010 or visit www.post1231.org.
Naperville: A ceremony placing tags on Healing Field of Honor flags to honor men and women of the military begins at 10 a.m. at Rotary Hill, off Aurora Avenue, Naperville. The 2,012 flags will remain up through Nov. 13. Flag sales support treatment for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. For information or to purchase a flag, contact healingfield.org/naperville-il-2012 or (630) 212-5426.
Wood Dale: The city of Wood Dale has breakfast for veterans and their families from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Salt Creek Golf Club, 701 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale. A public ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 269 W. Irving Park Road. Info: (630) 766-4900.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Addison: VFW has a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, Addison Road and Lake Street, in Addison. Info: (847) 890-1415.
Antioch: Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at 75 North Ave., in the downtown area. The event will begin with the Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen Presentations followed by raising the flag and a 21-gun salute. There will also be guest speakers and a performance by the Sweet Adeline Singers. For information call, (847) 395-5393.
Aurora: On Sunday, Nov. 11, the city of Aurora will hold a Veterans Day Processional and Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who have fought for our country's freedom starting with a processional that steps off at 10:15 a.m. at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. The Veterans Day program has been relocated to the Illinois Avenue bridge over the Fox River. A ceremony honoring local veteran organizations will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Veterans Island and will be concluded with a military rifle salute. For details, visit www.aurora-il.org.
Bensenville: A Veterans Day lunch buffet hosted by the Bensenville Park District begins at noon at White Pines Banquet Hall, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bensenville/Wood Dale Boy Scout Troop 47 presents colors. Free for veterans, spouses, children and surviving spouses. Cost for others: $5 Bensenville residents, $8 nonresidents. Register: (630) 766-7015.
Bloomingdale: VFW Post 7539 has a Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the gazebo at the Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Info: vfw7539.org.
Carol Stream: A Veterans Day Ceremony is held by Carol Stream American Legion Post 76, Wheaton VFW Post 2164 and the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Civil War Group at 10:45 a.m. at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Info: (630) 682-0076 or (630) 668-8756.
Des Plaines: Veterans Day Ceremony: 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, near Lee Street and Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines.
Elgin: Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park. The program will conclude with a groundbreaking at 12:15 p.m. for "Phase II" or the waterfront addition of the memorial. David Sam, president of Elgin Community College, will be the keynote speaker. The Elgin High School band will play, and veteran organizations will provide a combined color guard and rifle squad. Light refreshments will follow inside the nearby Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin's Veterans Day program is sponsored by American Legion Post 57. www.elginveteransmemorial.org.
Fox Lake: Ceremony at the Fox Lake Veterans War Memorial, Grand Avenue and Nippersink Drive, Sunday, Nov. 11. The event is 11 a.m. to noon and features speeches from the leaders of Fox Lake American Legion Post 703. Fox Lake American Legion Post 703 Cmdr. Noel Working will officiate the ceremony.
Glendale Heights: VFW Post 2377 has a flag ceremony at 11 a.m. at village hall, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. The post hosts a Community Pig Roast and Picnic to support its holiday care packages to the troops starting at noon at 142 E. Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Donation: $10. Village offices are closed Monday in honor of Veterans Day. Info: (630) 894-1358.
Glenview: Concert for peace, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview. Musical exploration of Peace for Veterans Day performed by members and friends of Glenview Community Church. Free will donation to benefit Hands of Peace. The music will range from traditional to contemporary. www.gccucc.com; (847) 724-2210, ext. 51.
Gurnee: American Legion Post 771 and village government will co-host a Veterans Day celebration starting at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. A roughly 15-minute ceremony will begin the day at Warren Township's veterans memorial outside Gurnee police headquarters, O'Plaine Road and Washington Street. Following the ceremony, attendees are welcome to the American Legion post for a light lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The post is at 749 N. Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee.
Hanover Park: Join the Veterans Committee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, as the village dedicates the new Veterans Memorial, in front of Village Hall, 2121 Lake St. Bricks can still be purchased to be placed at the memorial. Visit www.hpil.org.
Highland Park: American Legion Post 145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4737, and the Jewish War Veterans organization will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park at Laurel and Prospect avenues. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.
Hoffman Estates: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial just outside the Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road. Sponsored by the Hoffman Estates Veterans' Memorial Commission, www.hoffmanestates.org; or call Lt. Greg Poulos at (847) 781-2804.
Itasca: VFW Post 5167 has a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Usher Park and Bloomingdale Road, Itasca. Info: (630) 773-2423.
Lindenhurst: The village will host a ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial at the entrance to the village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. The event will include the Boy Scout Troop 87 Color Guard, the Lakes High School Marching Band and Lindenhurst VFW Post 4894. The keynote speaker is U.S. Army Col. Michael P. Peck.
Mount Prospect: Veterans Day Concert, "For All Who Serve," presented by the Mount Prospect Community Band, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School St., Mount Prospect. The music will honor veterans from American military conflicts, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II -- and a moving musical work entitled "Till Men No Longer Die In War." $7, tickets available at RecPlex. Refreshments follow concert.
Naperville: Naperville Cemetery dedicates a new Veterans Memorial at 9:30 a.m. in the cemetery, Washington Street and Hillside Road, Naperville. Commemorative bricks for sale. Info: (630) 355-1057.
Naperville: Veterans Day observance starting with a performance by the Naperville Municipal Band at 10:30 a.m. and a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Rotary Hill, off Aurora Avenue in Naperville. Guest speaker is James Kelly, director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. The Field of Honor display of 2,012 flags honoring men and women of the military is up through Nov. 13. Flag sales support treatment for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Info: (630) 355-7664 orhealingfield.org/naperville-il-2012.
Naperville: U.S. Army Capt. Morgan Plummer discusses "A Soldier's Perspective from the Front Lines: A Look at U.S.-Near East Relations -- The Current Situation, Challenges and Opportunities" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville. Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. Child care available. Info: (630) 355-8181.
Naperville: St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville has a Veterans Day Mass at 9 a.m. followed by a reception at 1450 Green Trails Drive. The following items are being collected for a package to send to U.S. troops: peanut butter and jelly in plastic jars, mixed packets of cold drinks, canned pasta or soup, individually wrapped snacks, shaving cream in nonaerosol containers; body wash in containers of 18 ounces or less; hand warmers, lip balm, and AA and AAA batteries. Info: (630) 369-0777.
North Aurora: Join the annual Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Veteran's Memorial, off Willow Way and Farview Drive. The Fox Valley Marines, Marmion Academy, and the North Aurora Honor Guard will participate in the ceremony. For details, visit www.vil.north-aurora.il.us.
Palatine: American Legion Post 690 Veterans Day Program: Noon Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans' Memorial in Community Park, intersection of Northwest Highway (Route 14) and east Wood Street. The Palatine American Legion Post 690 will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony featuring the Legion's Color Guard and Rifle Team and remarks by leaders of the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion. The program will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps at 12:30 p.m. (847) 359-1606, email@example.com or alpost690.us.
Rolling Meadows: The Community Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Road, holds a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, to honor God and recognize those who have served in the military, here and overseas. Veterans and active duty personnel are invited, and are encouraged to either wear or bring your uniform to display. Refreshments after the service. (847) 255-5510 www.communitychurchrm.com
Schaumburg: 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Gateway Park, southwest corner of Roselle and Schaumburg roads. (847) 895-4500.
Streamwood: 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial next to Village Hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road. Annual observance salutes all of America's men and women in uniform.
South Elgin: Join South Elgin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2327 for a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday. The event will take place at Panton Mill Park, across from village hall. If weather is inclement, the ceremony will take place at the Municipal Annex, 1 W. State St.
St. Charles: The sixth annual Veterans Celebration Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the St. Charles North High School auditorium, 255 Red Gate Road in St. Charles. The concert salutes veterans and the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Register for free tickets at vets2012.eventbrite.com. For details, visit www.scnmusic.com.
Villa Park: VFW has a Veterans Day event starting at 1 p.m. at Villa Nova Restaurant, 237 W. St. Charles Road, Villa Park. Includes a balloon release, coffee and light lunch. Info: (630) 834-5051.
Villa Park: "Mollie's War: A World War II WAC in Europe" is presented by Cyndee Schaffer, daughter of Women's Army Corps member Mollie Weinstein, at 2 p.m. at the Villa Park Public Library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave. Info: (630) 834-1164.
Waukegan: The annual Veterans Day Parade is Sunday, Nov. 11. Lineup is at 9:30 a.m. at Grand and Genesee streets. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. and proceeds south on Genesee and then west on Washington Street to the Waukegan Veterans Plaza. There will be a Moment of Silence and rifle salute at 11:11 a.m. Call (847) 599-2949 for information.
West Chicago: American Legion and VFW have a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the VFW Post 6791, 431 Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago. Info: (630) 231-9823.
Wheaton: Veterans Day displays and programming are 9 a.m. to sunset at the First Division Museum and Visitors Center at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free. Info: Cantigny.org or (630) 668-5161.
Wheaton: VFW Post 2164 has a Veterans Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at 0N731 Papworth, Wheaton. Cost: $5 per adult, $3 per child under 10. Info: (630) 668-8756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Nov. 12
Barrington: 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Veterans Memorial, Cook & Main streets. Hosted by VFW Post 7706, American Legion Post 158 and the village. Veterans will assemble at the memorial at 10:30 a.m. The short program will include a moment of silence and the placement of American flags honoring fallen servicemen and women from all wars. Attendees are encouraged to place flags in honor of loved ones.
Lombard: Village has a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Plaza, Main Street and St. Charles Road, Lombard. Info:(630) 620-3083.
Mount Prospect: Veterans Day Ceremony, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 inside the Lions Recreation Center, 411 S. Maple St. The public is invited. Ceremony presented in partnership with members of VFW Post 1337 and American Legion Post 525.
Pingree Grove: Cambridge Lakes Charter School invites the community to a celebration of veterans. Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, the Red School Chorales with first- and second-graders will sing the official songs from each branch of the military and other patriotic songs. To attend the concert, enter at the Red School entrance of the Cambridge Lakes Learning Center, 900 Wester Blvd. in Pingree Grove. For details, call Bill Shuman, Red School principal, at (847) 464-4300 or email@example.com prior to the event.
West Chicago: Veterans are invited to a Student Wax Museum, luncheon and assembly at Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago. During the wax museum from 9 a.m. to noon, fifth-graders are frozen in place like wax statutes until a visitor presses their "Listen & Learn" button and they come to life and give a short speech on an aspect of U.S. history or major war. The wax museum presentation is followed by lunch in the school library and an afternoon assembly honoring veterans in the gym. Veterans in the community who would like to attend should contact Gina Grupe at (630) 293-6010, ext. 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Dundee Township: Veterans are invited to attend the free annual Veterans Day luncheon, sponsored by the Dundee Township Rotary Club, at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13. It will be held at the Tri-Cities Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298, 117 First St. in West Dundee. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Nov. 9. Call Dundee Township Rotary Club member Mary Stanley at (847) 980-8083.