Veterans Day events

A property adjacent to Jubilee Park is a historic location containing a flagpole with a monument dedicated to those who served in World War I. After discussing where the monument should be moved, it was decided to relocate the monument to Jubilee Park and create a special section in front of the Pavilion to honor those who served our nation, including POW/MIA.
The project grew in size as the Parks & Rec Commission planned to expand the memorial; add in a flagpole (donated by American Legion Post 70); and obtain a flag which had been flown above the Capitol.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 to begin at Jubilee Park in front of the pavilion at approximately 10 a.m. for a coffee social. The main event begins at 11 a.m. when there will be a special flag raising by the members of the American Legion Post #70. The Illinois Valley High School band will play the “Star Spangled Banner” as the flag is raised. The ceremony has a number of local leaders who will give a history of veteran’s organizations, veterans activities and the broad history of support our military veterans have provided. State Representative Lily Morgan will also be delivering remarks.
After a final salute to the flag the Illinois Valley High School Choir will sing “America the Beautiful” and the audience is encouraged to sing along. The Masonic Order #97 Belt 18 and ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star will provide their annual Veteran’s Lunch. Besides the luncheon planned, local residents are encouraged to contribute a potluck dish to make this a very special “thank you” to those who have served our nation.