South Sub­urbs host­ing mul­ti­ple Vet­er­ans Day events

Pa­rade, cer­e­monies among area events

Daily Southtown - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Nolan

Pa­rades, ob­ser­vances and other cer­e­monies will be held around the South­land to honor those who have served the na­tion.

As it gears up for pa­rades later this month in Chicago and next spring in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the 120-mem­ber South­land Col­lege Prep Am­bas­sador Band will be part of Vet­er­ans Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in the south and south­west sub­urbs.

A pa­rade Satur­day in Rich­ton Park is among sev­eral events planned lo­cally to honor mil­i­tary vet­er­ans.

The South­land Col­lege Prep band along with the March­ing Lady Ea­gles Dancers and the 125-mem­ber band from Huth Mid­dle School in Mat­te­son will take part in a Vet­er­ans Day pa­rade that be­gins at 10 a.m. in front of South­land Col­lege Prep, 4601 Sauk Trail.

Vet­er­ans Day orig­i­nated as Ar­mistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, and was changed to Vet­er­ans Day in 1954 by Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower.

Cer­e­monies are tra­di­tion­ally held on the “11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour” to mark the ar­mistice that ended what was called The Great War, later to be­come World War I.

Here is a sam­pling of ob­ser­vances planned in the South­land, many of which will take place Satur­day.

Al­sip

■ Cer­e­mony be­gins at 11 a.m. Mon­day at the Al­sip Memo­rial Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 450, 11800 S. Cicero Ave.

Chicago Heights

■ The city’s Morn­ing of Re­flec­tion be­gins at 10:30 a.m. Mon­day at the Vet­er­ans Mound at U.S. 30 and Chicago Road. In the event of in­clement weather, the event will take place in the Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 1400 Chicago Road.

Hick­ory Hills

■ The city’s Vet­er­ans Day events will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Satur­day at City Hall, 8652 W. 95th St.

Homer Glen

■ Vet­er­ans Day ac­tiv­i­ties will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Mon­day at Konow’s Farm, 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen. There will also be a con­tainer for worn or dam­aged flags that will be dis­posed of at a later date.

Lans­ing

■ Lans­ing’s Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port, Burn­ham Av­enue and Glen­wood-Lans­ing Road, will host a cer­e­mony be­gin­ning at 2 p.m. Satur­day.

New Lenox

■ The vil­lage’s an­nual Vet­er­ans Day ob­ser­vance starts at 11 a.m. Mon­day at New Lenox Com­mons, 145-199 Vet­er­ans Park­way.

Oak Lawn

■ The choir from Oak Lawn-Home­town Mid­dle School will per­form as part of the vil­lage’s cer­e­mony start­ing at 10:30 a.m. Mon­day at Vil­lage Green, 53rd Av­enue north of 95th Street and the pub­lic li­brary.

■ Af­ter­ward, the school’s band will per­form at the John­son-Phelps Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 5220, 9514 S. 52nd Ave.

Or­land Park

■ Names of area mil­i­tary vet­er­ans that have been added to the vil­lage’s Vet­er­ans Memo­rial will be read as part of a cer­e­mony start­ing at 11 a.m. Mon­day in the Vil­lage Cen­ter, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. Stu­dents from Or­land Ju­nior High School will take part in a wreath lay­ing be­fore the names of the 16 vet­er­ans added to the wall are read aloud. The memo­rial con­tains the names of more than 1,000 vet­er­ans.

Pa­los Heights

■ A cer­e­mony will be held at 11 a.m. Mon­day at Memo­rial Park, 7607 W. Col­lege Drive.

■ At noon, a re­cep­tion for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies will be held at the Pa­los Heights Pub­lic Li­brary, 12501 S. 71st Ave.

Pa­los Hills

■ A cer­e­mony will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Mon­day at the Vet­er­ans Memo­rial at Town Square Park, 8455. In the event of in­clement weather, the event will be held in­side the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at the park.

Pa­los Park

■ Ac­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at noon Mon­day in the re­cre­ation build­ing at Vil­lage Green, 8901 W. 123rd St. A free lunch for vet­er­ans will be held af­ter­ward.

Park For­est

■ Start­ing at 11 a.m. Satur­day at Free­dom Hall, 410 Lake­wood Blvd., there will be a dis­play of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles pro­vided by The Vet­er­ans Garage along with mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

Prairie State Col­lege

■ The Chicago Heights school, 202 S. Hal­sted St., will mark Vet­er­ans Day with events in­clud­ing a cer­e­mony from noon to 1 p.m. in the Barnes & No­ble Col­lege Au­di­to­rium, fea­tur­ing key­note speaker Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Als­berry.

■ Start­ing Mon­day and con­tin­u­ing through Fri­day, the school will dis­play the Por­trait of a Sol­dier ex­hibit, which in­cludes hand-drawn por­traits of more than 300 ser­vice mem­bers from Illi­nois who have died in the line of duty since the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Cre­ated by Cameron Schilling, an artist from Mat­toon, the por­traits are ar­ranged by each per­son’s date of death, be­gin­ning with Patrick Mur­phy, of Floss­moor, who was a vic­tim of the Sept. 11 at­tack on the Pen­tagon.

Rich­ton Park

■ Bands from Huth Mid­dle School in Mat­te­son and

South­land Col­lege Prep Char­ter High School in Rich­ton Park will take part in a pa­rade the steps off at 10 a.m. Satur­day in front of South­land Col­lege, 4601 Sauk Trail, and ends with a cer­e­mony at the Rich­ton Park Me­tra sta­tion at Sauk Trail and Gover­nors High­way.

Sauk Vil­lage

■ The Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony starts at 11 a.m. Mon­day at Vil­lage Hall, 21801 Tor­rence Ave.

Tin­ley Park

■ The vil­lage’s Vet­er­ans Day com­mem­o­ra­tion will take place at 10 a.m. Mon­day at the Gen. Patrick E. Rea Vet­er­ans Plaza di­rectly south of the 80th Av­enue Me­tra sta­tion.

GRE­GORY TEJEDA/DAILY SOUTHTOWN

Or­land Park’s Vet­er­ans Day re­mem­brance cer­e­mony will be held Mon­day at the Vet­er­ans Memo­rial di­rectly south of Vil­lage Hall at 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.

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