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  • Communities across DuPage County will be honoring our veterans this week with observances and events.

    Communities across DuPage County will be honoring our veterans this week with observances and events.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Schools all over DuPage County will teach students about military service this week by welcoming veterans to assemblies.

    Schools all over DuPage County will teach students about military service this week by welcoming veterans to assemblies.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • With flag ceremonies, 21-gun salutes and the playing of taps, communities throughout the area will show their gratitude for veterans' service.

    With flag ceremonies, 21-gun salutes and the playing of taps, communities throughout the area will show their gratitude for veterans' service.
    Daily Herald File Photo

 

The following are among the Veterans Day events going on in DuPage County.

Thursday 9

To celebrate Veterans Day, College of DuPage Veterans Services hosts several events Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Student Services Center Atrium on campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Events include: Posting of Colors by the College of DuPage Color Guard from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and Veterans Day Read-In from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 2201. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visiting representatives from veterans organizations provide information about resources and support available to veterans. In addition, a range of armed forces regalia, such as service uniforms, branch insignia and awards, are displayed during an armed forces exhibition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (630) 942-3814 or veterans@cod.edu.

Friday 10

Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst has a Veterans Recognition Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst. It is followed by a Recognition Assembly for local veterans from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. The assembly includes Bruce Harkin as keynote speaker; Bryan Boy Scouts presenting and retiring the flag; the band and chorus performing patriotic music; and reading of winning essays on "Why do we honor veterans?" All interested veterans are invited to attend. Info: James Tang at jtang@elmhurst205.org.

• York Community High School's seventh annual all-school Veterans Day assembly begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the school, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and -women, are invited to be honored in York's Campbell Gym. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 a.m. for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school's Yorker Room; enter through the main door. RSVP to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or (630) 617-2400, ext. 7285.

• Churchville Middle School's ninth annual Veterans Day Assembly welcomes veterans and their families from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the school, 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst. Enter through the main door. RSVP to prichey@elmhurst205.org or (630) 832-8682, ext. 3949.

• "Reflections Framed" Military Service Celebration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Le Jardin Restaurant in the Visitors Center at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Recognizes local veterans and benefits the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Info: helpaveteran.org.

• Marmion Academy Veterans Day Observance Ceremony begins at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Alumni Hall gymnasium, 1000 Butterfield Road. The Marmion JROTC Cadet Corps honors all veterans, especially deceased alumni veterans of war, during the after-school formation and parade. Info: (630) 897-6936 or marmion.org.

• A nostalgic re-enactment of a World War II-era radio performance begins at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Windsor Park Retirement Community, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream. Enjoy tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "In the Mood," comedy sketches, and a tribute to military veterans. Free. Reservations required: (877) 836-5664 or WindsorParkIllinois.org.

Saturday 11

Naperville veterans will observe Veterans Day with a remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Park on Gartner Avenue, across the street from Grace United Methodist Church. The Naperville Municipal Band will perform patriotic music. Info: (630) 355-7664.

• Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43 will have a Veterans Day event starting with a social at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and dinner at 6 p.m. in the banquet room at Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Ave. Cost: $14. Advance reservations due Tuesday, Nov. 7. Info: (630) 240-8868.

• A Veterans Day Breakfast and Ceremony is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Salt Creek Golf Club, 701 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale. Breakfast is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Ceremony immediately follows at Veterans Memorial Park, 269 W. Irving Park Road, Wood Dale. Info: wooddale.com.

• Members of the York High School Student Council serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families/friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the high school cafeteria, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. RSVP to MMoran@elmhurst205.org or (630) 617-2400, ext. 7285.

• Veterans Day Breakfast takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville. Free to Bensenville residents who are veterans and their spouses and children; $6 others. Info: bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.

• Brew It Forward Veterans Day takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Charity beer-tasting benefits local veterans organizations. Activities for families. Free admission. Info: fdmuseum.org.

• A Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park, 220 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. Flag and color guard presentation. Free. Info: glendaleheights.org.

• A Veterans Day Parade starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Benton and Broadway in Aurora, and ends at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall for an "Honoring All Who Served" ceremony. Includes a rifle salute at 11 a.m., the time of the armistice ending World War I. Info: (630) 256-3370.

• Lombard Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial in Lombard Commons Park, 498 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. Includes music and a bell-ringing ceremony to remember veterans who have died during the past year. Info: (630) 620-5700.

• A Carol Stream Veterans Day Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Memorial Park, 342 Thunderbird Trail, Carol Stream. Info: americanlegionpost76.org.

• The Elmhurst American Legion has a military ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Legion THB Post 187, 310 W. Butterfield Road. The formal military-style ball features cocktails, music, dancing and more. Tickets: $125. Info: (630) 267-3987 or americanlegionthb187.org.

• A "Songs of World War I" concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Free. Info: dupagemuseum.orgt/special.htm or (630) 510-4941.

Sunday 12

Performer and historian Elizabeth Carlson transports the audience to "A Hundred Years Ago on the Homefront: How American Families Faced the War to End All Wars" from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Learn the history, sing the songs and taste the food in a program recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I. Admission: $10 adults, $9 for ages 4 to 12 and students; $2 discount for members. Info: napersettlement.org.

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