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Morris Veterans Day ceremony moved, parade cancelled

Expected bitter cold means event will shift to MCHS

An expected cold blast of air over the weekend and into the start of next week has forced organizers to push Monday's Veterans Day celebration in Morris to Morris Community High School.

Due to the weather forecast for Nov. 11, the Morris Veterans Day observance will be moved to the Morris Community High School gym, starting at 11 a.m.

This year's parade has also been cancelled.

As has become an honored tradition in Grundy County, all across the county we will gather to recognize our neighbors, friends and family that are proud to call themselves Veterans of the United States of America.

Other events scheduled include:

Coal City – The annual community Veteran's Day Observance sponsored by the Coal City Public Library District will be held at the Coal City Center for the Performing Arts inside of the Coal City High School 655 W. Division St, starting at 11 a.m., Monday Nov. 11. St Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 796 will participate in the observance. The US Navy Band from Great Lakes will also perform.

Gardner – The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Gardner American Legion Hall on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Guest speakers include a representative from Honor Flight Chicago and a recent Honor Flight Veteran.

Mazon – The Mazon American Legion Post 352 will host an observance and dinner on Monday Nov. 11 at 6:00 pm. A short program will follow dinner.

Minooka – On Monday, Nov. 11, there will be a Veterans Day Lunch for all veterans, active duty and retired military personnel at Cookies Restaurant in Minooka, this event is a gift of Jerry and Lorraine Davidson. Veterans are invited to bring their spouse. Reservations are limited and required. Contact Cookies Restaurant to make a reservation for either the 11 a.m. or the 1 p.m. seating at 815-467-6667. Cookies is located at the corner of Mondamin and Wabena Avenue in Minooka.

Immaculate Conception School is hosting a Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. Veterans are invited to attend.

World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers).

Thanks to new military technologies and the horrors of trench warfare, World War I saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction. By the time the war was over and the Allied Powers claimed victory, more than 16 million people—soldiers and civilians alike—were dead.  

Since the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Veterans Day has stood as an opportunity for the United States, as both a nation and its citizens, to remember and recognize American veterans of all generations.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed;

and Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations;

and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared Nov. 11 to be a legal holiday;

Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Nov. 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

There are many businesses offering specials for veterans, many of these offers can be found at

Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at

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