Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11. Here are a few of the services planned in and around Lake County to honor the men and women who have served the United States in the armed services:
Friday, Nov. 10
Barrington: 11 a.m., Barrington village hall, 200 S. Hough St. The village will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at village hall. Free.
College of Lake County: 12:30 p.m. Room A013 at the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. in Grayslake. CLC's annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The keynote speaker will be Navy Capt. Paul Roach, a combat trauma surgeon. The ceremony will feature U.S. Navy and CLC speakers, a soloist from Naval Station Great Lakes and a color guard. Before the event, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will host a veterans breakfast, in cooperation with the Student Veterans Club of CLC, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Café Willow. To RSVP, visit www.schneider.house.gov/veteransbreakfast or call (847) 383-4870. Veterans are also invited to attend a Veteran Resource Fair in the A Wing Lower Level from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can visit with representatives from Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center; the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs; Lake County Veterans & Family Services Foundation; Veterans Employment Program/Catholic Charities; Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission; CLC Veterans Student Services; and CLC Student Veterans Club. For information, contact Joe Bochantin, at (847) 543-2293 or jbochantin@ clcillinois.edu.
Deerfield: Noon to 3 p.m., Deerfield village hall, 850 Waukegan Road. Volunteers will come together to make no-sew fleece blankets, assemble care packages and write letters of thanks and encouragement to veterans. Join Mayor Harriet Rosenthal for service activities suitable for all ages as part of the Give Where You Live Deerfield service campaign. The village is also collecting donations through Nov. 10. Accepted items include: nonperishable food; clothing, small appliances and household items; sweatsuits, socks and underwear; toiletries; gift cards to popular chain restaurants, such as McDonald's, Subway and Dunkin' Donuts; and money. Items can be delivered to the Deerfield Police Department, 850 Waukegan Road. Visit www.deerfield.il.us.
Gurnee: 2-3 p.m., Heritage Woods of Gurnee, 3775 Grand Ave., Gurnee. Join Heritage Woods residents as they celebrate the men and women who have served the United States during a Veterans Day Flag Raising and Memorial Service. After the flag raising, veterans and their spouses will be invited to share stories. The service will close with patriotic songs. Refreshments will be available. Visit www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsgurnee or call (847) 623-6300.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Buffalo Grove: Noon, Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road. Events begin with a free lunch at noon followed by a ceremony at 1:15 p.m., with color guard, flag presentation by VFW Post 981, keynote speaker U.S. Army Lt. Col Priscilla Van Zanten, music by the 85th Army Band Woodwind Quintet. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fox Lake: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the village's Veterans Memorial at the Metra Station, 2 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake. Participants should report to the station by 10:45 a.m. Free. The American Legion Post 703 commander and Women's Auxiliary president will speak. The mayor and other local officials are expected. The honor guard will present a wreath, and a siren will be sounded in recognition, followed by the raising and lowering of the flag, 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. For details, call Post 703 at (847) 587-2323.
Gurnee: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gurnee American Legion Post 771, 749 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by an American Legion Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Gurnee Queens, songs including the national anthem performed by the Viking Park Singers, a commemoration of veterans, a recitation of "In Flanders Field" from American Legion Auxiliary President Sandy Nys, and a benediction by post chaplain Larry Peters. Master of Ceremonies will be Post 771 Commander Jim Huisel. A light luncheon will be served after the ceremony. Open to the public. For information, call Post Commander Jim Huisel, at (847) 910-3330.
Highland Park: 11 a.m., Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave. Highland Park will hold its Veterans Day observance in the Adult Services Section of the library. Representatives from the American Legion Post 145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4737 and Jewish War Veterans 29 will attend. Special guest speakers include Mayor Nancy Rotering. U.S. Army Veteran Jerry Adler who served in the Korean War will be honored. The Highland Park High School Brass Quintet will perform patriotic music. Visit www.cityhpil.com.
Lindenhurst: 11 a.m. Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial, at the entrance to Lindenhurst village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. The keynote speaker is Captain James D. Hawkins, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes. Special Guest Lt. Commander Andrew Tangen, superintendent Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County, will read the inscription on the granite plaque at the base of the memorial and say a few words. Lindenhurst Police Explorers Scouts will provide the color guard. Music and taps will be provided by Lakes Community High School Band. First-grade students from B.J. Hooper Elementary School will present all veterans personalized thanks cards. A three-volley salute will be conducted by Lake County Detachment 801 of the Marine Corps League. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the public works building behind village hall. Visit www.lindenhurstil.org.
Waukegan: Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. from the corner of Grand Avenue and Genesee Street and continues to Veterans Plaza at the corner of West and Washington, where a ceremony is planned for 11:11 a.m. Join the American Legion Homer Dahringer Post 281, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1293, the city of Waukegan, Waukegan High School JROTC, the Waukegan Park District, and Waukegan Main Street in honoring and celebrating veterans across all wars and conflicts. Free and open to the public. Visit www.waukeganweb.net.