Veterans Day Events in the Heartland

Veterans Day Events in the Heartland

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The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield will hold its annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11. LTC Edward Gargas will be the keynote speaker. The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery. Families and friends of those interred as well as the general public are invited to attend to help honor all veterans.

Oran Elementary will hold a Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. About 50 veterans are expected to attend.

There will be a Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 in Perryville at 9 a.m. Perryville Post 94 on Saint Joseph Street will hold an auction to benefit the veterans home in Cape Girardeau. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sikeston will have Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 9:45 a.m. at the Sikeston Field House. The high school band, choir and orchestra will perform. Local veterans from the VFW and American Legion will be there. Army veteran Ed Cowan will serve as a guest conductor for the national anthem. The Sikeston National Guard will provide the posting of colors and the 21 gun salute. Rev. John Neeley of Tanner St. Church of God will offer the prayer of remembrance. Sam Burker, a 2006 graduate of Sikeston High School and a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annpolis, will serve as the guest speaker.

KRCU Public Radio and the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University will honor veterans at a special KRCU Koffee on Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. at VFW Post #3838 at Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau.


The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Veterans Day ceremony will be on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at the main entrance to Shryock Auditorium. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Walter J. Tomczak will present the keynote address. The SIU Carbondale Army and Air Force ROTC will hold the annual joint military ceremony. Cadets will perform a firing of volleys and provide color guard. For 24 hours before the ceremony, more than 100 members of the university's Army and Air Force ROTC will stand a silent vigil beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10, at the Old Main Flagpole. The guard change will occur every 15 minutes during the 24 hours up to the ceremony. Admission is free. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move inside Shryock Auditorium. University offices will be closed and there are no classes on Tuesday in observance.

The Shawnee National Forest is encouraging visitors to enjoy the nation's public lands by offering free camping during the Veterans Day holiday. Along with families and friends, the Forest is hopeful that veterans, whether in active duty status or retired, will especially take advantage of this opportunity by enjoying nature and the wonderful fall weather. Camping fees will be waived on the evenings of Saturday, Nov. 8, Sunday, Nov. 9, and Monday, Nov. 10.

The Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver are as follows: Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek. Please note that concessionaire operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.

On Sunday, Nov. 9. at 10:30 a.m. at Anna Nazarene Church there will be a Veterans Appreciation Day. Anna Nazarene Church is located on Old Hwy 51 & Kirk Street in

Anna, IL

. There will be a special guest speaker: Vice Admiral Nancy Brown and United States Navy, (Ret.). Also at this event there will be VFW Color Guard, Scout Pledges, Anna-Jonesboro H.S. Band - Bobden H.S. Choir Casual dress, Dinner to follow service featuring an extensive Military Display. For more information call Phil Ray at (618) 534-1261.

The 29th Annual


Veterans Day Parade will be held November 11 at 10 a.m. The parade route will run from the Waltonville VFW to Waltonville Grade & High School. A program will commence at the conclusion of the parade at 11 a.m. at the school with guest speaker Ret. Army Major Joe Schwankhaus. Refreshments of chili and soft drinks will be available following the ceremony at the VFW hall. Contact: Charles Ksyci at (618) 246-8976 Joe Norris (618) 237-6607.


Paducah will hold a Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. The Veterans Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. at 2nd and Broadway and travel along Broadway to 17th Street. There will be a Veterans Day Ceremony at the McCracken County Courthouse at 2:30 p.m. at the Veterans Monument on the Washington Street side of the courthouse. A Veterans Day concert will be held at the Robert Cherry Civic Center at 2701 Park Avenue at 7 p.m. The Paducah Community Band will perform. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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