Veteran’s Day events planned in the area
• The Batavia VFW Post 1197 will hold its Veterans Day service at 10 a.m. Monday in its hanger at 645 S. River St., Batavia. The Aurora Christian Choir will perform, and the keynote speaker is retired Col. Paul Hastings.
• The American Legion Fox River – Geneva Post 75 will hold a Veterans Day Rifle Salute at 11 a.m. Monday at Third and State streets, Geneva.
• The city of St. Charles will hold its Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:40 a.m. Monday at the Freedom Shrine, located behind the St. Charles police station, 211 N. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. The ceremony will begin with a reading of the official Veterans Day Proclamation, followed by an invocation, salute to the flag, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.
• The seventh annual Veterans Celebration Concert is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Charles North High School auditorium, 255 Red Gate Road, St. Charles. The free concert salutes veterans, men and women of the armed forces and their families and friends. Orion Samuelson of WGN will serve as the master of ceremonies. Priority ticketing and seating will be given to those who have served the country. Call 331-228-6416 for information.
• An Armistice Day program is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road near St. Charles. Participants will help honor those who served “over there” in this living history program. All ages are welcome. Advance registration is required for this free program at www.primrosefarmpark.com.
• Events are set at 8:50 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. Monday at John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley St., Elburn. Boy Scouts will be raising the colors, Girl Scouts will lead the pledge and fourth-graders will perform their annual choral concert. Members of the Elburn American Legion will speak, and students will read thank-you notes and poetry. Veterans are invited to the events. For information, contact Heidi Gilkey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Also in Elburn, the annual Veterans Day parade is set for 11 a.m. Monday. The parade starts at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St., Elburn.
• North Aurora Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the North Aurora Veteran’s Memorial, located at the intersection of Farview Drive and Willow Way, North Aurora.
• Aurora’s Veterans Day Parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. Monday from the corner of Broadway Avenue (Route 25) and Benton Street, and will travel north on Broadway, then west on Downer Place to the GAR Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer, where the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony will take place. At 2 p.m. Monday, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony for all branches at The Moving Wall on display off Plum Street at West Aurora High School in Aurora. At dusk, there will be a closing ceremony at The Moving Hall featuring a candlelight vigil and final march. Information is available at www.vietnammovingwallaurora.org.
• Waubonsee Community College will host a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday in the Academic and Professional Center on its Sugar Grove campus on Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Along with the college’s student veterans, the music department will be part of the observance, performing selections that honor each branch of the Armed Forces. The program also includes the parading of the colors, a reading of the Veterans Day proclamation and the placing of a memorial wreath.