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Metro-east Veterans Day events

Belleville Ceremony

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.

O’Fallon Salute

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.

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.

McKendree events

The award-winning documentary, “Honor Flight,” and a discussion by veterans who have participated in Honor Flights will be among Veterans Day activities Wednesday at McKendree University in Lebanon. “Honor Flight” tells the true story of four World War II veterans and a Midwest community that came together to give them the trip of a lifetime —to visit the Washington, D.C., war memorials dedicated in their honor. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. screeening at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus. Admission is free. At noon Wednesday, a 50-minute presentation about “Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan at McKendree University” will be given by Dr. Duane Olson, professor of religious studies, with students Joseph Gebke and Jack Pratt, who have served in the military. The talk will be in room 222 of Piper Academic Center. At 4 p.m., a sesquicentennial Civil War Memorial Trail will honor the 150th anniversary of the muster-out of the 117th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1865. It will begin at the flagpole on the quad and will proceed to the McKendree Regiment monument in front of Bothwell Chapel. A ceremony will include a regiment roll call, historical facts, patriotic music and the recitation of a letter written by Col. Risdon Moore, a soldier in the regiment. Civil War artifacts will be on display in the museum inside the chapel.

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