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Communities to commemorate veterans

Veterans Day programs planned this week and next week

World War I veterans and townspeople in Streator on Nov. 11, 1919. This photo, submitted by Roger Amm, was used in Kane Farabaugh's documentary, "A Golden Cross to Bear," about Roger's grandfather's WWI experience in the 131st Infantry.
World War I veterans and townspeople in Streator on Nov. 11, 1919. This photo, submitted by Roger Amm, was used in Kane Farabaugh's documentary, "A Golden Cross to Bear," about Roger's grandfather's WWI experience in the 131st Infantry.

The following programs will be conducted this week and next week to honor local veterans for Veterans Day.


All veterans and families are welcome to attend a Veterans Day program 2:20 to 2:50 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Grand Ridge Grade School gym, 400 W. Main St.


Marseilles Elementary School, 201 Chicago St., will celebrate Veterans Day with a program at 8:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the school's main gymnasium. Veterans are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. The program will last about one hour. Breakfast will be provided for veterans immediately following the program. Contact Rose McIntyre at 815-795-2428 for more information. All veterans are welcome.


The Mendota Museum & Historical Society will honor those who have served from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. The museum, 901 Washington St., will open its doors to veterans, current service members, their families and the general public. All veterans are welcome to share their stories. Featured veterans are Greta Bates, Dave Jones, Otto Meyer, Jack Pope, Bob Sondgeroth and Joe Spanier. There will also be displays in memory of Capt. Thomas J. Heitmann and Sgt. First Class Julianna Gehant.


Dignitaries and veterans will gather at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the VFW Post 2470, 1501 La Salle St. The ceremony is normally conducted at Washington Square, but it was moved due to the forecasted cold. The Ottawa Memorial Association will host a Veterans Day ceremony with featured speaker 1st Sgt. Paul Rogalla, Illinois National Guard. For more information, contact Katie Troccoli at 815-228-2058.

Ottawa Christian Academy, 900 Hitt St., invites all military veterans to a Veterans Day breakfast 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in its auditorium. Breakfast will be provided by the New Chalet Restaurant of Ottawa.áThe event is free and consists of a time-to-socialize breakfast, a student-led program followed by a special speaker, author and former Marine Ronnie Mitchem. The school will be serving all veterans and active-duty military men and women and their spouse or guest. If you are or you know of a veteran who might be interested in this event, contact the school at 815-434-0507 or email

Lincoln School will host its annual Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, which features a slideshow of any student's relatives who have served. Students may invite any special veterans they know.

Veterans and their spouses can attend the annual Ottawa Lions Club Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The dinner is free for veterans and spouses. Nonveterans will pay $15 to enter. A program includes a presentation by the Quilts of Valor organization and a unique Veterans Day project presented by the Mendota High School art and history departments. Reservations are required by calling Bryan at 815-434-1633. The final day to register is Friday, Nov. 8.


Ransom Grade School will host a veterans breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, followed by a musical program with the Streator High School and Ransom choirs. Students will display patriotic artwork in the gymnasium.


Veterans will be treated to breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Sandwich High School cafeteria. Following breakfast, an assembly will go on tour to visit each school in the district. The program will include a presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence and introduction of veterans who are present, as well as a question-and-answer session with questions from students. Assemblies will be at the following times and locations: 8:15 to 9 a.m., high school main gym; 9:15 to 10 a.m., H.E. Dummer Elementary gym; 10:15 to 11 a.m., Sandwich Middle School gym; 12:30 to 1 p.m., Haskin Elementary gym; 1:30 to 2 p.m., Prairie View Elementary multipurpose room; and 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Woodbury Elementary multipurpose room.


A veterans program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Seneca High School, 307 E. Scott St., which will be followed by lunch. All veterans are welcome. RSVPs are requested by calling 815-357-5001. An evening program also is planned at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Author Gary DeRigne will be the guest speaker, with a book signing and refreshments to follow.


Doors open at 8:15 a.m. Monday at Serena High School, 2283 N. 3812nd Road, for breakfast presented by Serena High School FFA members. From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., students from Harding, Sheridan and Serena schools will congregate for an assembly to honor veterans. All veterans and community members are invited to attend. For more information, call the district office at 815-496-2850 and speak with Superintendent Spencer Byrd.


The village of Sheridan will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Sheridan Veterans Memorial.


Somonauk Community Unit School will be hosting its annual Veterans Day assembly from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Somonauk High School gymnasium. Somonauk area veterans and their families are invited to attend, as well as any Somonauk staff or students' family veterans or active service personnel.


First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe St., Streator, will hold a free breakfast 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, for all veterans (plus one guest).

Veterans Day services are planned for 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at City Park. Organizers will provide more information.


A Veterans Day assembly is scheduled from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Fieldcrest Middle School, 102 W. Elm St.

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