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11/4/2013 12:10:00 PM
Area communities, schools plan programs to honor veterans (Slideshow)


Devin Hudkins, 7, of Ottawa is all smiles along the parade route while wearing his Halloween costume on Sunday during
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Devin Hudkins, 7, of Ottawa is all smiles along the parade route while wearing his Halloween costume on Sunday during "Veterans Day" festivities in Utica. Veterans and spectators from throughout Illinois flocked to Utica on Sunday for the village's and American Legion's annual Veterans Day parade and observance there. Spectators were lined up six people deep downtown along the parade route.
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Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, but various organizations and communities are honoring veterans through much of early November.
Utica, for example, scheduled its parade Sunday, a bit early, which allows veterans organizations and parade units from throughout the state to attend while avoiding scheduling conflicts.
Some of the schools that are in session are having ceremonies, observances or special lessons on Veterans Day, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Peru Parkside school
Peru Parkside School will present its annual Veterans Day program at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Peru Parkside gymnasium.
The program will feature the presentation of the flags by local Boy Scouts; Peru Parkside Concert Choir; Peru Parkside’s combined fifth- and sixth-grade choirs; Peru Parkside Concert Band; the eighth grade Veterans Day poem readers and Taps.
The concert band is directed by Philip Whaley, and it will perform “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “An American Celebration” and “Sounds of Sousa.” The choirs are directed by Daniel Hammond and accompanied by Bridget Wilmot, and they will perform “America, of Thee I Sing,” “Song for the Unsung Hero” and “American Heroes-A Salute to the Armed Forces.” Eighth-grade Veterans Day essay readers will be Dominick Safranski, Rachel Hickey, Karlee Arjes, Anthony Osborn and Elicia Lake. Taps will be performed by band students Olivia Mabry and Colin Hartman.
Admission is free for the program, which is open to the public.

Ladd Grade School
Ladd Grade School is having a Veterans Day assembly at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Charles A. Fiocchi Gymnasium. Local veterans and the public may attend. For more information, call (815) 894-2363.

Mendota program
in Veterans Park
The Mendota Veterans Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Veterans Park, Mendota.
Veterans Memorial Council, VFW Post 4079 and its Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 540 will participate in honoring and remembering all veterans, living or deceased, for their commitment and contribution to Americans’ liberty and freedom.
Master of ceremonies will be Delbert Knowlton; presentation of colors and firing of the volley will be by the Veterans Memorial Council; the national anthem and musical selection will be performed by Mendota High School Band; the invocation and benediction will be delivered by Pastor Kevin Weeks; words of the day will be delivered by Jim Fitzpatrick; Veterans Day address will be by Bill Hunt; and taps will be played by Staci Sessler.

Mendota High observance
 Mendota High School will host a Veterans Day program in the school gym at 1 p.m. Students in grades 5 – 12 will participate in the program that includes narratives of four Mendota residents and World War II veterans.
 Juniors in the accelerated U.S. history and American literature classes at MHS interviewed the veterans to prepare for the narratives. Students also researched the origin of the 21-gun salute and Taps. Members of the VFW will conduct the
21- gun salute outside and it will be broadcast in the gym.
 The program will close with Taps. The public is invited to attend.

Free breakfast
for veterans at LaMoille
LaMoille Lions Veterans Day Breakfast will be 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at La Moille Lions Club, 308 Howard St., LaMoille. Veterans eat free, adults for $6; Children 5-10, $4. Children younger than 4 eat free.












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