All veterans, veterans groups and auxiliary members are invited to attend and be recognized at the 17th annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Veterans Memorial on Belleville’s Public Square. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, will be the speaker. It also will feature patriotic music, bagpiper, bugler, honor guard, local schol poster and essay contest winners and an American flag display. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St.
Maj. Gen. David G. Clarkson, Chief of Staff, US TRANSCOM, will speak at the O’Fallon Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Monument, 737 Welsey Drive in O’Fallon. Pre-service music will begin at 10:45 a.m. Participants include fifth-grade classes of O’Fallon District 90 and St. Clare schools; O’Fallon Township High School Air Force Junior ROTC; VFW Post 805; Miss O’Fallon Grace Blankenship; Lauren Lundy, St. Louis Opera Theatre student. The names of the newly inscribed veterans will be introduced. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and decorations. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Baptist Church, 1111 East Highway 50 in O’Fallon.
The Troy Veterans Day Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday from City Hall in downtown Troy. It will proceed west on Market Street and continue west down Wickliffe Street to the Troy City Park. The parade will end at the Veterans Memorial in the park where a short ceremony honoring veterans will be held. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the Troy VFW for refreshments and conversation with veterans. The parade grand marshall is Robert E. Hahn, a decorated WWII veteran who resides in Holiday Shores. The parade includes veterans groups, active-duty military, Guard and Reserve members, auxiliary members, Troy Fire Department, Triad High School Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, ROTC and JROOTC members, Scott AFB Green Knights MMC, vintage military vehicles and rare cars.
Highland VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439 will present a Veterans Day Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday in Highland. The parade, sponsored by Highland Moose Lodge 2479, begins at the intersection of Olive and Main streets, proceeding west on Main to the City Square. Participants should meet at the northwest parking lot of St. Paul’s Church at 1:30 p.m. Mayor Joe Michaelis will read the proclamation that the City Council designated Nov. 8-14 as Veterans Awareness Week. A brief ceremony will follow. Information: Harold Schellenger, 618-791-7106 or Lenny Gall, 618-654-4793.
Belleville Elks Lodge 481 will offer a Veterans Luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1481 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Veterans and active military eat free. Family members and guests are encouraged to donate to Elks Veteran fund.
New Baden Veterans Memorial
The New Baden Veterans Memorial and the former Griesbaum Cemetery will be dedicated in a ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the cemetery on East Hanover Street in New Baden. There also will be a blessing of the renovated St. George Cemetery and the Village of New Baden Cemetery. What: Dedication of the New Baden Veterans Memorial and the former Griesbaum Cemetery; blessing of the renovated St. George Cemetery and Village of New Baden Cemetery. The work of Marvin Spaeth, of Spaeth Welding, who designed, built, and donated this project to the Village of New Baden as a tribute to all veterans who served in all wars, will be acknowledged. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a lawn chair. Parking is available on village streets, on the field behind the St. George Community Life Center and in the church parking lots.
The Granite City Community Band will perform a free concert to honor veterans at 7 p.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards St. in Granite City. It will feature an Armed Forces salute, “Red’s White and Blue March,” “Of Honor and Valor Eternal,” Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America” and “Civil War Suite.”
Notre Dame Academy students will present a Veterans Salute honoring all military veterans at 1 p.m. Friday in the McCormick Center, 300 S. 2nd St., Belleville.
Veterans Vigil Run
The 6th annual Veterans Vigil Run, a 24-hour walk/run in memory of fallen heroes and honoring all veterans past and present, will be held Friday and Saturday at Three Springs Park in Shiloh. Lt. Roslyn Schulte, a U.S. Air Force officer killed in action in the war in Afghanistan, is the 2015 honoree. She was posthumously awarded the National Intelligence Medal for Valor and the Hawaii Medal of Honor. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. Friday. All units, individuals and family members are encouraged to sign to run/walk for 30 minutes. To sign up, contact TSgt. James Hamilton at email@example.com or MSgt. Michael Raby at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.singupgenius.com/go/30e0f4fafa92ea4f94-2015/
Raising the Flag
The world’s largest POW/MIA flag will be raised at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Iron Workers, 5656 State Route 4 in Steeleville to honor those who have served and those who are currently serving.