Veterans Day events 2011

Here are some events being held this week in Heartland to honor our nation's veterans.

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Veterans Center will host an open house on Nov. 10. The public open house will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. The Veterans Center is in Woody Hall, room B258. For more information, you can contact Amaya at 618-453-1335 or visit the Veterans Center online.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the main entrance to Shryock Auditorium. The university says their Air Force and Army Officer Reserve Training Corps will hold the annual joint military ceremony. Admission is free and in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Student Center Ballroom B. For more information, you can contact the Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Jonathan Cape at 618-453-7563 or e-mail at

Southeast Missouri State University will participate in the reading of names of more than 6,200 casualties of Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  The names of fallen military men and women will be read chronologically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Center Lobby on Nov. 11.

Oran Schools will celebrate Veterans Day with an assembly Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. Elementary students will pass out thank you cards to veterans.  The fifth and sixth grade students will sing and the band will perform.

The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will hold a Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.  Ross Gartman, president and found of the non-profit Heroes Way Organization, will be the keynote speaker.  The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery.  Family and friends of those interred as well as the general public are invited to attend.  Since opening on Sept. 29, 2003, the cemetery has conducted almost 1,500 interments.

There will be a Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Sikeston Field House on Nov. 11 at 9:45 a.m. Maj. General King Sidwell will be the honored guest and speaker.  The Sikeston High School band, choir, and orchestra will perform.  The Sikeston National Guard Unit will present at 21 gun salute.

The Benton American Legion will be dedicating an American Flag display at Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Ill. on Nov. 11.  About 150 flags will be displayed along the entranced to the cemetery and also at the Civil War Cemetery on South First.  That cemetery is located behind the American Legion Post. More than 2,000 veterans are laid to rest at Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The Paducah Park Services Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee invite the public to attend the Veterans Day opening ceremony and parade on Friday, Nov. 11. The opening ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. at the gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at 2nd and Broadway and disbands at 17th and Broadway. For more information about the parade or Paducah Park Services, you can visit or call 444-8508.

The annual Veterans Day Patriotic Concert will be Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center in Paducah at 2701 Park Ave. The concert will open with the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Big Band performing popular World War II era jazz tunes.  Poplar patriotic music by the Paducah Concert Band will follow.  Each veteran in attendance will receive a letter written by area school children expressing their appreciation for their service.  Admission is free.

Murphysboro's Remembrance Walk  honors local veterans. The remembrance Walk at Riverside Park officially opened Monday morning. The walkway leads up to a World War II memorial at the center of the park. There is room from some 600 bricks with the names of past and present service members.

The American Legion Post 158 and the Jackson VFW Post 10495 announced they will host the annual Veterans Day parade on Friday, Nov. 11 starting at 4 p.m. in Jackson, Mo.  The post says anyone who would like to participate in the parade needs to meet at 3:30 p.m. for line-up in front of the old JHS building. They say the parade route will march uptown to the courthouse and turn left on West Main Street to Oklahoma Street and then return to the JHS campus.  After the parade, there will be a patriotic ceremony at the new McKendree Methodist Church in uptown Jackson. Following the ceremony, the church will host a dinner honoring all veterans and their families.

Twin Rivers School in Broseley is doing a Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. They will have a live feed from Afghanistan from Col. Rose who was a graduate of Twin Rivers. The speaker for the program is Retired Lt. Colonel Cheryl Allen. The band and choir will be performing.

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