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VIDEO: Veterans Day events in the Heartland 2021

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 3:12 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:23 PM CST
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(KFVS) - Check out some Veterans Day events in the Heartland this year.

Missouri

Jefferson City

The Missouri State Park offers free tours and night camping to veterans and active duty military on Thursday, Nov. 11. Identification must be shown for status to receive a free camping coupon. The free tours of Missouri Historic sites will be held from Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 14. Missouri State Parks offers a $2 per night camping discount year-round at state park campgrounds for military members and veterans.

Cape Girardeau County

The Avenue of Flags will be set up in Cape Girardeau County Park North Thursday afternoon, Nov. 11 through Monday afternoon, Nov. 15. The collection of more than 600 flags represents a Cape Girardeau County resident who served their country and either died in the line of duty or post service.

The Jerry Ford Orchestra: Veterans Day with Billy Swan will be Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the AC Brase Arena. Tickets are $25.

The Joint Veterans Council will host a ceremony and wreath service at Freedom Corner in Capaha Park at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

A group will drive by the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau County at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. Cars will decorated and they will have signs for the veterans.

The Veterans Day parade in Uptown Jackson starts at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. The parade will start at the Frozen Food Locker on S. High St. and go north on High St., then turn west on Main St. and turn south on Russell Ave. Parking along the parade route will be restricted starting at 2 p.m.

Veterans Day at Fort D will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11

Marcus Theatres in Cape Girardeau will host a Salute to Veterans on Veteran’s Day on Thursday, Nov. 11. The theater will offer free popcorn for all active duty and retired military members. It offers a military discount to all active and retired military members who present an official military ID card at the box office when buying a ticket to see a movie for only $7.50 at any time.

Scott County

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held in Sikeston on November 11 at 9:15 a.m. at the Sikeston Field House.

Ste. Genevieve County

The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center will hold a Veterans Day Celebration the week of Nov. 7-14. The opening ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon at the Museum Learning Center. You can buy tickets here.

Kentucky

Ballard County

Ballard County Schools will hold its annual Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:15 p.m. in the gym. Nathan Myers, a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and Ballard Memorial High School, will speak during the program.

Calloway County

The annual Murray Veterans Day parade is scheduled along KY 94/Main Street in Downtown Murray starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. KY 94/Main Street will be closed between Poplar Street and 10th Street for about 1 hour starting at 4 p.m. The parade will form near the Methodist Church at 5th Street and Poplar. It will move north on 5th Street, then follow KY 94/Main Street west to North 10th Street. It will then follow North 10th Street to the Veterans Memorial in Central Park.

Fulton County

Fulton County Schools will be holding a Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fulton County High School gym. The school will also be welcoming and celebrating a 2000 graduate who will be speaking at the event. Chief Warrant Officer Three Sharron McClerkin is currently serving as the Presidential Communications Officer to the 46th President.

McCracken County

Below are various activities organized by the City of Paducah and other organizations to honor veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

  • Sunrise Reveille: The Veterans Day Sunrise Reveille will begin on the corner of Broadway and Water Street on Thursday, November 11at 6 a.m. Reveille will be played by Robert Kratz following the raising of the flag by members of the U.S. Coast Guard. During the event, Broadway will be closed to traffic from the last entrance to the gazebo parking lot toward the floodwall opening.
  • Award Presentation: The City of Paducah will honor veterans during a televised newscast.
  • Concert and Recognition of Essay & Poster Contest Winners: A Celebration of Our Veterans Concert featuring the Paducah Community Band will be held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11. Plus, the winners of the Veterans Day Essay & Poster Contest, a contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Daughters of the American Revolution, will be showcased.

Illinois

Jackson County

The City of Carbondale and SIU will be holding a Veterans Day Vigil on Nov. 11 from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. The event will take place at 900 S. Normal Ave. on the SIU campus. Air Force and Army ROTC cadets will stand a silent guard from sunrise to sunset.

Johnson County

Vienna High School’s student council will be hosting the annual Flag Raising: Salute to Veterans on Wednesday, November 10th at 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the high school. All community members are invited to attend. This year’s featured speaker will be retired United States Airforce (USAF) Command Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Daubert. Daubert is a Vienna resident along with his wife Mary and daughter Suhmer, who is freshmen at Vienna. His son Tylour and daughter Taylour are both Vienna graduates and are currently serving in the USAF. To read more about Sgt. Daubert, click here. If there is a veteran that you would like to be recognized, please fill out this form here.

Williamson County

John A. Logan College Veteran Resource Office has a day of activities planned for Tuesday, Nov. 10 to honor veterans. Enrolled veterans can pick up a free drink form Cold Blooded Coffee at the E Wing entrance between 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Veterans can also pick up a gift card and JALC gift during that time. A Missing Man Table will be on display in the cafeteria. Honor Flight thank you cards will also be available. The cards are given to veterans on their way home from visiting Washington, D.C. as part of a long military tradition, mail call. Veterans are handed stacks of cards and letters from strangers, friends and family. Cards must be returned by Friday, Nov. 12.

Tennessee

Weakley County

UT Martin will honor veterans and military personnel during Veterans Week Nov. 8-12, as well as during the UT Martin football game on Saturday, Nov. 6. On Nov. 8, the 129th Army Band will perform from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts building. The UT Martin Veterans Services team and ROTC students will travel to W.D. Bill Manning State Veterans’ Home in Humboldt on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to thank veterans for their service. Faculty, staff and students are inviting to join the “veterans walk” through the quad at noon on Nov. 10. Participants are asked to wear patriotic clothing. The walk will begin at the battlefield cross monument outside Paul Meek Library. On Thursday, Nov. 11, a Veterans Day program will be broadcast on the UTM website. This year’s keynote speaker is Assistant Commissioner Patrick Rice of Tennessee Veteran Affairs. The community is invited to a Zoom event on Nov. 12 to hear from local veteran groups. Contact Jason Earley, veteran services coordinator, at jearley3@utm.edu for the link.

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