Many schools and towns observed Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, one day ahead of the Nov. 11 official holiday.

Fourth-grade teacher Ani Smith leads students from Ronald D. O'Neal Elementary School in Elgin as walk to the Veterans Memorial Park Friday to commemorate Veterans Day. Rick West | Staff Photographer
WWII Navy veteran Karl Kumbalek waves his hat to the crowd as "Anchors Aweigh" is played by the Geneva Middle School North band during their Veterans Day ceremony Friday. He and his wife Marlene, seated next to him, live in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin and were visiting their 7th-grade grandson, Nolan Walton, left. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Eighth-grade student Mia Larsen carries to the flag during a Veterans Day event at Geneva Middle School North Friday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Don Meints, a Navy veteran from Geneva, salutes during Friday's Veterans Day event at Geneva Middle School North. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Army veteran Wes Becton speaks during a Veterans Day assembly at York High School on Friday in Elmhurst. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Veterans salute during the National Anthem at a Veterans Day assembly at York High School on Friday in Elmhurst. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Veterans listen to the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day assembly at York High School on Friday in Elmhurst. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Army veteran Wes Becton speaks during a Veterans Day assembly at York High School on Friday in Elmhurst. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Gov. Bruce Rauner shoots a "selfie" with a group of students before the start of Geneva Middle School North's Veterans Day ceremony Friday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's office released this a "selfie" with students at a Veterans Day event at Geneva Middle School North. Courtesy of Governor Rauner's Office
Student helpers assist Gurnee American Legion Post 771 members Al Billings, left, and Bill Frangquist raise the American flag during a Veterans Day celebration Friday at Woodland Primary in Gages Lake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Students say the Pledge of Allegiance during a Veterans Day celebration Friday at Woodland Primary in Gages Lake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Bill Frangquist of Gurnee American Legion Post 771 says the Pledge of Allegiance during a Veterans Day celebration Friday at Woodland Primary in Gages Lake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Ximena Bermudez blasts principal Jeff Smith with a pie at the end of an assembly. Canton Middle School in Streamwood partnered with Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Principal Jeff Smith licks some pie cream after getting hit with a pie by Ximena Bermudez. At left is dean Vince Harris and assistant principal Bill Jackson. Canton Middle School in Streamwood partnered with the Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
From left, Mary Beth Beiersdorf, Staff Sergeant Matt Ritenenour and Sue Hussey of Salute, Inc., accepts a check from Canton Middle School in Streamwood, who partnered with Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Petty Officer 2nd Class LaTresha Hazelwood of Streamwood talks to 7th graders after a school assembly. Canton Middle School in Streamwood partnered with Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Army 2nd Lieutenant Sam McNally of Crystal Lake talks with Viet Nam veteran Air Force Master Sergeant David Warkel of Hanover Park after a school assembly in Streamwood. Canton Middle School in Streamwood partnered with Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Marine Staff Sergeant Charlie Jones of Arlington Heights talks to 7th graders as Canton Middle School in Streamwood partnered with Arlington Heights-based military charity Salute, Inc. to raise funds with a pie throwing event involving the principal, vice principal and dean. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Harvey Barnum, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 27 year serving in the Marines, promotes the value of hard work in the "cruel world" during a Veterans Day assembly Friday morning at Naperville North High School. Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer
Naperville veterans stand on guard Friday at Naperville North High School during a Veterans Day assembly before hearing from Medal of Honor recipient and retired Marines Col. Harvey Barnum. Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer
U.S. Navy veteran Steve Kaminsky, second from right, and U.S. Army veteran Salvatore Prato, right, salute during the national anthem Friday at Mundelein High School. Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer
Retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Jose Nazario, in uniform, enters the Mundelein High School gymnasium with other military veterans for a ceremony Friday. Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer
Northwest Community Hospital President and CEO Steve Scogna speaks as NCH holds a "To Honor and Remember" ceremony and flag raising in Arlington Heights Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Dr. Stephen Nigh, a Navy veteran who served eight years in the reserves and four years of active duty, speaks during Northwest Community Hospital's "To Honor and Remember" ceremony and flag raising in Arlington Heights Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Dr. Stephen Nigh, a Navy veteran who served eight years in the reserves and four years of active duty, speaks during Northwest Community Hospital's "To Honor and Remember" ceremony and flag raising in Arlington Heights Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
The St. Viator High School Chamber Singers, directed by Dan Walls, perform during Northwest Community Hospital's "To Honor and Remember" ceremony and flag raising in Arlington Heights Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Guests recite the Pledge of Allegiance as Northwest Community Hospital holds a "To Honor and Remember" ceremony and flag raising in Arlington Heights Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Ronald D. O'Neal Elementary School 3rd-grader Zenida Rios plants a flag at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin Friday as part of their Veterans Day commemoration. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Fourth-grader Hannah Hunt listens to a presentation by the Elgin History Museum during the Ronald D. O'Neal Elementary School Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Elgin Friday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Students from Ronald D. O'Neal Elementary School in Elgin hold up signs they made as they commemorate Veterans Day Friday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
School children line the hallway as military veterans and their relatives parade through at Hampshire Elementary School. John Starks | Staff Photographer
Archer Early, 9, wears his Cub Scout uniform as he visits with his grandfather John Early, a U.S. Army veteran, one of dozens of military veterans participating in Veterans Day activities at Hampshire Elementary School. John Starks | Staff Photographer
School children line the hallway as military veterans and their relatives parade through at Hampshire Elementary School. John Starks | Staff Photographer