Here are Veterans Day observances scheduled for Sunday and Monday:
Belleville Ceremony -- 11 a.m. Sunday, Public Square. The Colors will be presented by the Scott AFB Honor Guard. Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Bob Ellison will sing national anthem and "God Bless the USA." Kim Enriquez, principal of Henry Raab School, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The main speaker is Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, commander of the 18th Air Force at Scott AFB. The Veterans Wreath will be placed by Dennis Hermann, Garry Ladd, Richard Piper and Jon Stacy of the Civil War Living History Regiment. Brad Penet of the Belleville Police Department will play "Taps."
Harlan H. "Skip" Ferry Jr. will serve as the emcee.
East St. Louis VFW -- 11 a.m. Sunday, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Park, 1600 Tudor Ave., East St. Louis. VFW Post 3480 will host the ceremony. After the ceremony, proceed to Club Legacy at 5900 State St. for a free brunch sponsored by the post and Women's Auxiliary. Information: Quartermaster Percy McKinney, 618-271-7004.
Veterans Day Service -- 9 a.m. Sunday, Scott VFW Post 4183. Guest speaker is retired U.S. Air Force Col. Samuel Douglas.
Veterans Day Ceremony -- 10 a.m. Monday, Mascoutah High School auditorium. The event is sponsored by Mascoutah Mayor Jerry Daugherty and the Cadet Corps of the high school. The JROTC Honor Guard will post colors. The school show chorus will perform the national anthem followed by an invocation from Cadet Sean Caisse. JROTC senior cadets Darnell Burton and Veniece Gomez will serve as co-narrators. Remarks from Daugherty and St. Clair County Board member Charles Lee will continue the theme of the ceremony. The high school band and the JROTC drill team will perform. The guest speaker will be Dr. Don Clair, a 1969-1977 U.S. Army veteran who served with the 20th Engineer Brigade in Vietnam. Cadet Paul Murphy will conclude the ceremony with a bagpipe performance.
Collinsville Parade -- 10:30 a.m. Monday. Starts at Woodland Park, down Vandalia to American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St. Ceremony and a free lunch for the public will be held at the post.