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Veterans Day events in the suburbs

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  • The Naperville Healing Field on Rotary Hill was a sea of red, white and blue Sunday as the city honored veterans with a Veterans Day Ceremony.

      The Naperville Healing Field on Rotary Hill was a sea of red, white and blue Sunday as the city honored veterans with a Veterans Day Ceremony.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer



Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital hosts a celebration, 1-2 p.m. in the Lakeview Room at the hospital, 450 W. Route 22, that will include an honor guard, patriotic music, veterans slideshow, and an opportunity to share stories.

Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove Park District ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk speaks and hands out medals. Presentation of colors by the Marines; service flag ceremony by Champion Eagles Color Guard Post 208 American Legion; music by the brass quintet from the U.S. Navy Band at Great Lakes; speeches by military and civic officials; 21-gun salute.

Des Plaines

Ceremony will recognize women in the Armed Forces, 11 a.m. in the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker. Ret. Col. Jill Morganthaler will emcee; U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and others will speak.

Hoffman Estates

Veterans' Memorial Commission ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, outside the police department, 411 W. Higgins Road. Honors all those who served in wartime and peacetime.

Mount Prospect

Ceremony held 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Lions Recreation Center, 511 S. Maple St. Keynote speaker is Ret. Col. Robert L. McKillop, U.S. Air Force. Followed by dedication of Veteran's Memorial fountain in the name of one of the village's most decorated war veterans. Sponsored by American Legion and VFW Post 1337.


American Legion Post 690 ceremony, 10:45 a.m. at Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Road. Post Cmdr. Ed Grabowski: Welcome. Remarks by Squadron 690 Cmdr. Jim Paschke and Auxiliary President Patricia Kowalski, wreath-laying, rifle squad and Taps. Free spaghetti lunch follows at Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road.

Prospect Heights

8:30 a.m. breakfast served by students to veterans and their families in Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 at MacArthur Middle School, 700 N. Schoenbeck Road. (847) 870-3879 for reservations. Followed by 9:30 a.m. all-school assembly, featuring student speakers, presentation of colors by Wheeling High School ROTC Cadets, performances by the MacArthur Middle School band, choir and orchestra.


Observance 5-7:30 p.m. at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 River Road. Co-sponsored by Salute Inc., three vets will be honored: Don Hoskinson from World War II and Korea; Steve Aoyagi, Vietnam and Randol Shelton, who died in Iraq. Music from Back Country Roads, Brother Trouble and the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble. Vietnam Veterans of America presents the colors.


11 a.m. ceremony at Veterans Gateway Park, Roselle and Schaumburg roads.


11 a.m. ceremony at the memorial adjacent to village hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road.


The Aurora Historical Society, 20 E. Downer Place, invites you to its new exhibit, "Aurora in the Vietnam Era, 1961-1975." The exhibit and museum store will be open for Veterans Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city of Aurora Veterans Day Parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. Monday on Broadway and will conclude with ceremonies at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, across the street from the Aurora Historical Society. Come in to warm up with free coffee and doughnuts all morning. Visit


On Monday, Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley St. in Elburn, will hold a Veterans Day celebration. There will be a morning celebration near the flagpole at 8:50 a.m. and an afternoon assembly at 2:40 p.m. During these events, area Boy Scouts will be raising the colors, Girl Scouts leading the pledge and fourth-graders performing their annual choral concert.

Members of the Elburn American Legion will be speaking and several students will be reading thank-you notes and poetry. The school is inviting and encouraging veterans to join them for the end of the day assembly and morning flag-raising ceremony.

For details, call Heidi Gilkey, art teacher, at (630) 365-8170.

North Aurora

Join the annual Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial, off Willow Way and Farview Drive. For details, visit

St. Charles

St. Charles North High School will hold its seventh annual Veterans Celebration Concert saluting veterans, men and women of the armed forces, their families and friends. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at St. Charles North High School auditorium, 255 Red Gate Road.

This free concert pays tribute to all veterans' service to our country. For students, it emphasizes the importance of the day, enabling them to honor our military veterans for giving us the freedom to live and believe as we choose.

In recognition of the importance this event has in the community, the St. Charles Youth Commission and many businesses have contributed to the continuing success of this annual concert.

Musical selections will feature American music to celebrate the nation's veterans performed by St. Charles North's award-winning music students. Songs from each branch of the armed forces will be played to recognize those veterans present.

The master of ceremonies is WGN's own Orion Samuelson.

Register for free tickets at There will only be one show; space is limited and past performances have sold out. Priority ticketing and seating will be given to those that have served the nation.

For details, call (331) 228-6416.

Sugar Grove

• This November, Waubonsee Community College will host two events to both honor and help area veterans. The college will host a Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Academic and Professional Center on its Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Along with the college's student veterans, the music department will also play a major role in the observance, performing selections that honor each branch of the Armed Forces. The program also includes the parading of the colors, a reading of President Barack Obama's Veterans Day proclamation and the placing of a memorial wreath.


Antioch American Legion Post 748 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Blue Star Memorial Marker on Depot Street. For details, call (262) 862-6643.


Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will host a Veterans Day celebration from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Lakeview Room at Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Hwy. 22, Barrington. The free event is open to all community members and will include an Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic music, veterans slideshow, refreshments and an opportunity to share stories and network with veterans and community members. Computer access will be available for those who would like to send a note to a wounded soldier through the Wounded Warrior Project to thank them for their service. All are also welcome to bring military memorabilia and to wear their uniform. For details, visit

Buffalo Grove

The Buffalo Grove Park District will hold a celebration at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk will speak and hand out medals. Also, presentation of colors by the Marines; service flag ceremony by Champion Eagles Color Guard Post 208 American Legion; music by the brass quintet from the U.S. Navy Band at Great Lakes; speeches by military and civic officials; 21-gun salute.

Fox Lake

Fox Lake American Legion Post 703 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the village veterans memorial at the Fox Lake Metra Station, Nippersink Boulevard and Grand Avenue. For details, call the American Legion Post 703 at (847) 587-2323.

Lake Villa

Lake Villa VFW Post 4308 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, outside of the VFW Post at 130 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. For details, call VFW Post 4308 at (847) 356-9848.


A Veterans Day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial, at the entrance to the Lindenhurst village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. The event will include Boy Scout Troop 87, Northeast Illinois Council, BSA, providing the Color Guard, with music by Lakes Community High School Wind Ensemble and featured vocalist Rebecca Labb. The keynote speaker will be Capt. R. Scott Laedlein, commanding officer, Navy Operational Support Command, Chicago.


American Legion Post 911, 515 S. Main St., Wauconda, will host a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. For details, call (847) 526-9718.

Dundee Township

Dundee Township veterans are invited to attend the free annual Veterans Day luncheon, sponsored by the Dundee Township Rotary Club, at noon Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Tri-City Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298, 117 First St., West Dundee.


Veterans Day Memorial Park Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, near Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin. Join them on Veterans Day with guest speaker Elgin Mayor David Kaptain. The program will include local veterans organizations. Musical selections and the sounding of taps and the firing of the traditional gun salute will round out the program dedicated to all the military men and women of the armed forces, past and present.

Lake in the Hills

Students and staff members at Marlowe Middle School, 9625 Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills, will honor local veterans Monday, Nov. 11, with breakfast and a Veterans Day Recognition program. All District 158 area veterans and spouses are invited to attend. The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria with breakfast served by Marlowe students, followed by the recognition program in the school's auditorium at 10 a.m. The program will consist of the introduction of guest veterans along with musical performances by Marlowe's band and chorus students, and select readings by students.

Call (847) 659-4700.

South Elgin

Join VFW Post 2327 for a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Panton Mill Park, across from the South Elgin village hall, 10 N. Water St. in South Elgin. If weather is inclement, the ceremony will take place at the Municipal Annex, 1 W. State St.

Glen Ellyn

College of DuPage's Veterans Day Read-In and other activities are at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. A flag-raising takes place at 8 a.m. at the Homeland Security Education Center. Readings from war, military literature, letters and personal writings are done 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Center board room. The movie "High Ground" is shown throughout the day in SSC. The film "The Welcome" is shown at 7 p.m. in SSC. Free. Info: (630) 942-3814 or

West Chicago

Veterans are invited for a day of special activities at Gary Elementary School, 130 E. Forest Ave., West Chicago. A school assembly at 9:15 a.m. in the gym includes a singalong of military anthems and patriotic songs. The Gary School PTO sponsors a luncheon following the assembly. Fifth-graders lead tours of their Living History Museum from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Info: Irene Panson at (630) 293-6010, ext. 208, or


A Veterans Day Breakfast is 9:30 to 11 a.m. at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson Ave., Bensenville. Free for veterans, spouses, children and widows. Register: (630) 755-0304.

Glendale Heights

A Glendale Heights Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Bloomingdale Road and Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights. Info:


Lombard's Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Sunken Garden at Lombard Common Park, Grace and Maple streets. Following the ceremony, the Lombard Historical Commission and VFW Lilac Post 5815 host a dedication at Babcock's Grove Cemetery, 460 S. Main St. Info: (630) 620-5718.


Naperville's Veterans Day Observance begins at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, Gartner Road east of Washington Street. Includes a moment of silence, a short ceremony and patriotic music by the Naperville Municipal Band.


Honor those who served and sacrificed for America's freedom by attending a luminaria tribute featuring more than 2,000 candles from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Parade Field at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The First Division Museum stays open to 9 p.m., and performances of "Veterans' Voices" are offered at 6 and 8 p.m. The program features living history re-enactors reading letters written and posted by soldiers through the years. Free. Info:

• Historian Steve Quick depicts the life of Sgt. Alvin York as he explores the causes and outcomes of World War I in "The Doughboy of World War I" at 7 p.m. at Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Free tickets: (630) 868-7516.

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