Since the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, has stood as an opportunity for the United States 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. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice 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 Nov. 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. 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.
Residents across Grundy County will gather to recognize neighbors, friends and family who are proud to call themselves veterans. Scheduled events include:
Saratoga School is hosting an assembly on Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Farmer Gym. Veterans are invited to attend.
The EXibit Fine Arts Center will host their Veterans Art Show Opening Gala on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Downers Grove Sportsmen’s Club will host a Veterans Recognition Day on Sunday Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Please call 815-941-1366 for additional details and to RSVP. Veterans must provide a valid IL FOID card and proof of veteran status (DD214).
The Morris American Legion will host the annual Veterans Day parade and observance on Monday, Nov. 11. The parade will start from Chapin Park at 10:30 a.m. and end at the Grundy County Courthouse with the 11 a.m. observance. The public is welcome to participate in the parade, and should be at the park by 10 a.m. In the event of inclement weather the observance will be held at the Morris High School gym.
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. on 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.
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.
The Mazon American Legion Post 352 will host an observance and dinner on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. A short program will follow dinner.
On Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 there will be a Veterans Day Lunch for all veterans, active duty and retired military personnel at Cookies Restaurant, 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 1 p.m. seating at 815-467-6667.
Immaculate Conception School is hosting a Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. Veterans are invited to attend.
Veterans have given us freedom, security and the greatest nation on earth. It is impossible to put a price on that, and their service and sacrifice should not be forgotten.
Businesses offering specials for veterans can be found at themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts. Learn about the history of Veterans Day at www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts.