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  • Fifth-graders from District 129 in Aurora sing "Thank You, Soldiers" as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.

       Fifth-graders from District 129 in Aurora sing "Thank You, Soldiers" as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The American flag is lowered by the Aurora Police Department as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.

       The American flag is lowered by the Aurora Police Department as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Herschel Luckinbill, U.S. Navy veteran and chairman of the Moving Wall committee in Aurora, moves his hand over every name as he leads the final walk for veterans at the Moving Wall as part of the closing ceremony at West Aurora High School on Monday.

       Herschel Luckinbill, U.S. Navy veteran and chairman of the Moving Wall committee in Aurora, moves his hand over every name as he leads the final walk for veterans at the Moving Wall as part of the closing ceremony at West Aurora High School on Monday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Fireworks are set off over the wall as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.

       Fireworks are set off over the wall as part of the closing ceremony at the Moving Wall at West Aurora High School on Monday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

       John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

       John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Students give a standing ovation to keynote speaker John Kelly during a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

       Students give a standing ovation to keynote speaker John Kelly during a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

       John Kelly, who served alongside Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe in the Vietnam War, speaks at a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 23 present the Colors during a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

       Members of Boy Scout Troop 23 present the Colors during a Veterans Day Assembly at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A wall in the school office of Monroe Middle School honors the schools namesake Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe of Wheaton and includes his medal of honor.

       A wall in the school office of Monroe Middle School honors the schools namesake Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe of Wheaton and includes his medal of honor.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A wall in the school office of Monroe Middle School honors the schools namesake Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe of Wheaton and includes his medal of honor.

       A wall in the school office of Monroe Middle School honors the schools namesake Medal of Honor recipient James Howard Monroe of Wheaton and includes his medal of honor.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Veterans stand at attention during the playing of Taps during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial.

       Veterans stand at attention during the playing of Taps during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • World War II veteran Morrie Dorfman of Lake Villa recites the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial. The ceremony honored veteran's and their families and featured several speakers, including Capt. R. Scott Laedlein, Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Command for Chicago.

       World War II veteran Morrie Dorfman of Lake Villa recites the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial. The ceremony honored veteran's and their families and featured several speakers, including Capt. R. Scott Laedlein, Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Command for Chicago.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Alex Norlin, 4, of Lake Zurich waves a flag as he sits with his parents Samantha and retired Navy Specialist Jonathan Norlin during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial.

       Alex Norlin, 4, of Lake Zurich waves a flag as he sits with his parents Samantha and retired Navy Specialist Jonathan Norlin during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Lindenhurst Municipal Center and Veteran's Memorial.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Former Army Col. Paul Ahern of VFW Post 2245, left, joins other veterans as he salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the Veterans Day assembly Monday at Frederick School in Grayslake.

       Former Army Col. Paul Ahern of VFW Post 2245, left, joins other veterans as he salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the Veterans Day assembly Monday at Frederick School in Grayslake.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Army Staff Sgt. Patrick DeGeorge explains the history of Veterans Day during an assembly Monday at Frederick School in Grayslake.

       Army Staff Sgt. Patrick DeGeorge explains the history of Veterans Day during an assembly Monday at Frederick School in Grayslake.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School eighth-grade student Angie Zakariya, center, watches as Vietnam Army veterans and Mundelein residents Richard Hegerle, left, and Andy Westin play bingo Monday.

       Carl Sandburg Middle School eighth-grade student Angie Zakariya, center, watches as Vietnam Army veterans and Mundelein residents Richard Hegerle, left, and Andy Westin play bingo Monday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein held a Veterans Day event on Monday. Eighth grade student Gianna Scibetta gives a thumbs up after Army veteran and Mundelein resident Barney O'Connor, right, won in bingo.

       Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein held a Veterans Day event on Monday. Eighth grade student Gianna Scibetta gives a thumbs up after Army veteran and Mundelein resident Barney O'Connor, right, won in bingo.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, is all smiles after receiving medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, is all smiles after receiving medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen's medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen's medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk congratulates Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, on receiving his medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       U.S. Senator Mark Kirk congratulates Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, on receiving his medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk arrives at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       U.S. Senator Mark Kirk arrives at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • U.S Senator Mark Kirk shakes hands after the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       U.S Senator Mark Kirk shakes hands after the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk presents Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, his medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       U.S. Senator Mark Kirk presents Radio Technician Second Class George Boesen of Arlington Heights, who served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 to 1946, his medals he earned for his service but never received, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • U.S Senator Mark Kirk acknowledges the applause at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.

       U.S Senator Mark Kirk acknowledges the applause at the Buffalo Grove Park District Veterans Day Celebration at Buffalo Grove High School.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Women's Auxillary President Pat Kowalski and Jim Paschke of Palatine Post 690 place a wreath at the memorial during Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.

       Women's Auxillary President Pat Kowalski and Jim Paschke of Palatine Post 690 place a wreath at the memorial during Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • A crowd turned out for the Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.

       A crowd turned out for the Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Commander Ed Grabowski of Post 690 announced in Palatine that he intends to raise $1,000. by Christmas to help homeless veterans.

       Commander Ed Grabowski of Post 690 announced in Palatine that he intends to raise $1,000. by Christmas to help homeless veterans.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Army veteran Joe Kosinski of Palatine braves the weather to attend the Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.

       Army veteran Joe Kosinski of Palatine braves the weather to attend the Palatine Veterans Day observance at Community Park.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, Navy veteran Moises Vidaurre of Rosemont rocks out to the Steve Miller Band song "The Joker" as played by the band "Brother Trouble". Vidaurre served in the Navy as a weapons specialist from 1990-1994.

       Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, Navy veteran Moises Vidaurre of Rosemont rocks out to the Steve Miller Band song "The Joker" as played by the band "Brother Trouble". Vidaurre served in the Navy as a weapons specialist from 1990-1994.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, the band "Back Country Roads" entertains the crowd.

       Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, the band "Back Country Roads" entertains the crowd.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, the Great Lakes Navy Band plays patriotic tunes.

       Rosemont Theatre on Monday night hosted the Ramblin Ray's Salute to our Veterans. Here, the Great Lakes Navy Band plays patriotic tunes.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Larry Zea of the American Legion Post 679 sings "God Bless America" as part of the ceremony Monday in Carpentersville.

       Larry Zea of the American Legion Post 679 sings "God Bless America" as part of the ceremony Monday in Carpentersville.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Carpentersville Fire Department chaplain Dexter Ball leans a prayer during the Veterans Day ceremony at Parkview Elementary Monday in Carpentersville.

       Carpentersville Fire Department chaplain Dexter Ball leans a prayer during the Veterans Day ceremony at Parkview Elementary Monday in Carpentersville.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Marine Corps veteran Alfred Laseke stands to be recognized during the Veterans Day ceremony at Parkview Elementary in Carpentersville. Laseke, who lives in Rockford, visited Parkview Monday since his grandson Tommy Schnackel is a third-grader at the school.

       Marine Corps veteran Alfred Laseke stands to be recognized during the Veterans Day ceremony at Parkview Elementary in Carpentersville. Laseke, who lives in Rockford, visited Parkview Monday since his grandson Tommy Schnackel is a third-grader at the school.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Third-graders Rheanna Niemiec, left, and Myracle Stewart sing "Thank You, Veterans" during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Parkview Elementary in Carpentersville.

       Third-graders Rheanna Niemiec, left, and Myracle Stewart sing "Thank You, Veterans" during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday at Parkview Elementary in Carpentersville.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Percussionist Nathan Bawolek crashes the cymbals Monday at a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program and veterans from every branch of the armed services were invited to stand as their theme song was played.

       Percussionist Nathan Bawolek crashes the cymbals Monday at a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program and veterans from every branch of the armed services were invited to stand as their theme song was played.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • North Aurora Honor Guard member Robert L. Thornton bows his head in prayer during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday at the Veterans Memorial on Willow Way in North Aurora. He served in the Marine Corp.

       North Aurora Honor Guard member Robert L. Thornton bows his head in prayer during a Veterans Day ceremony Monday at the Veterans Memorial on Willow Way in North Aurora. He served in the Marine Corp.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Veterans of each of the armed services were invited to stand as their theme song was played Monday at a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program. More than 900 people attended.

       Veterans of each of the armed services were invited to stand as their theme song was played Monday at a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program. More than 900 people attended.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

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