About this special day…

Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but it does include an s at the end of veterans because it is not a day that belongs to veterans, it is a day to honor them.

Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.  The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself. However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL  of those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

Thank a Veteran.  They afford us the rights that make America a great country.

The following events are open to the public to honor a Veteran.

  • Jacksonville’s ceremony will be held indoors at the First Christian Church on South Main Street. The ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. by the West Central Illinois Leathernecks, Marine Corps League.
  • The Chapin American Legion will host a soup and sandwich supper for veterans and their families at 5 p.m.
  • The Murrayville American Legion will host a oyster stew supper for veterans and their families at 6 p.m. Each family who attends is asked to bring a dessert and a bingo prize.
  • The Roodhouse American Legion Post 373 will host a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m.
  • Winchester’s ceremony honoring veterans will be held in Monument Park at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Chuck Black. A lunch will be served following the ceremony at the American Legion.
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