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Morris honors veterans

MORRIS – The Morris American Legion will be hosting the annual Veterans Day parade and observance Saturday.

The parade will start about
10:30 a.m. from Chapin Park and end at 11 a.m. at the Grundy County Courthouse, where they will hold the observance. The public is welcome to participate in the parade, no registration required, just be at the park by 10 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the observance will be held at Morris High School.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 86 will host a Veterans Day observance at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saratoga Towers, 1700 Newton Place, Morris. Veterans are welcome to attend this observance.

Saratoga School is hosting an assembly at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Farmer Gym. Veterans are invited to attend.

Immaculate Conception School is hosting an assembly at 8 a.m. Thursday. Veterans are invited to attend.

White Oak School will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday in front of the school. The flag ceremony will be followed by an assembly with the junior high students at 2:15 p.m.

Veterans are invited to attend both events. The grade school classes will be inviting veterans into their classrooms during the day to speak.

Edward Hines VA Medical Center – All area Veterans and their families are invited to Hines VA at 10 a.m. Friday when Gov. Bruce Rauner will address the veterans.

Hospital director Steven Braverman will present certificates of recognition to veterans from the various wars and conflicts as a symbol of thanks to all veterans for their service.

After the ceremony, the Proviso West Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard, Miss Illinois USA Karolina Jasko, Miss Illinois Teen USA Sydni Bennett and Chicago Bears’ mascot Staley will lead the veterans in a walking parade near the front of the hospital while the Chicago Bears Drumline performs.

The parade route ends near the tents in the north visitors’ parking lot, where there will be live entertainment and free flu shots for enrolled veterans in one tent, as well as a veterans resource fair in the other.

Bernie Kampf and Bob “Slim” Rader of Guitars For Vets will provide live entertainment.

Guitars For Vets is a nonprofit that provides free guitar lessons to veterans at Hines and VA facilities across the nation.

15-year-old Chicagoan classical artist Agne Giedraityte will sing the national anthem. Resource fair participants will include:

• Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

• Veterans Benefits Association

• Cook County Recorder of Deeds (Veterans Discount Card)

• Greater Chicago Food Depository and AmeriCorps (Hines Food Pantry)

• Oak Park Vet Center

• Aurora Vet Center

• Hines Compensated Work Therapy Program

• AllenForce

• Fisher House

• Hines Transition & Care Management Program

• Hines MyHealtheVet Program

• Hines Patient Administrative Services 

Local businesses offering specials to veterans can be found by visiting themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts.

For information about the history of Veterans Day, visit any of the following websites:

www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

• en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

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