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Veterans Day observances

Members from the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 stand ready to present a rifle salute during Sunday's Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Rock Falls.
Members from the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 stand ready to present a rifle salute during Sunday's Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Rock Falls.

Following is a list of Veterans Day ceremonies and services around the Sauk Valley, all on Monday unless otherwise indicated:

Amboy: Amboy Elementary School will have a community-wide program at 10 a.m. at Amboy High School, 11 E. Holly St. A speaker will give a presentation, and the colors will be presented. The Amboy School Districtwide Band will perform, and elementary students will sing.

Call Joyce Schamberger at 815-973-4691 for more information.

Ashton: A Veterans Day program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Mills & Petrie Memorial Library, 704 N. First St. Shamus Enright, pastor at Reynolds United Methodist Church, will speak. The colors will be presented. Call 815-453-2213 for more information.

Chadwick: Chadwick Elementary School will have a breakfast for veterans and their spouses at 7:40 a.m. at the school, 15 School St. Reservations are requested at 815-684-5191.

A Veterans Day program begins at 8:15 a.m. in the school gym. The colors will be presented, and there will be a speaker.

Dixon: American Legion Post 12, VFW Post and the Dixon Marine Corps League will have a service at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 668 state Route 2. The speaker will be Army Sgt. Maj. William Lafferty, retired, of Dixon. The Marine Corps League will give a rifle salute. The colors will be presented. The Rev. Keith Romke of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon will give the opening and closing prayer.

At noon, Post 12 will have an open house and luncheon at the hall, 1120 W. First St.

VFW Post 540 also will have an open house with a free lunch starting at noon at 1560 state Route 38. The band Burn ‘N Bush will play.

Forreston: The Forreston American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will serve a free veterans appreciation luncheon at noon Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 402 S. Second Ave. The meal will include burgers, brats, hot dogs, trimmings, side dishes and a beverage.

Franklin Grove: A program to honor veterans will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Franklin Grove Elementary School, 217 S. Elm St.

The colors will be presented, and elementary school children and the high school choir will sing. There will be presentations on how to respect the American flag and stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, veterans will be given gifts, and information on the Honor Flight program will available. Call the school at 815-456-2325 for more information.

Lanark: Veterans and their spouses, and spouses of deceased veterans, can attend a breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday at Eastland High School, 500 S. School Drive. Call the school at 815-493-6341 to make a reservation.

A Veterans Day observance will follow in the gym. The Lanark and Shannon American Legion posts, Shannon Legion Auxiliary, Lanark VFW, and the Northwest Illinois Chapter of the Korean War and Korean Service Veterans Association will take part.

Eastland music students will play a selection of patriotic music. Spouses of veterans who have died also are invited.

The Lanark Legion and VFW’s annual supper for veterans and their spouses begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St. Meat, vegetables, and beverages will be provided; bring a salad or dessert to pass and your own table service. There will be a guest speaker, door prizes and a 50-50 drawing.

A Veterans Day patriotic salute begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust St. Music from the American Revolution to the present day will be performed, featuring the church’s 1890s Hinners tracker-action pipe organ. Guest organist Steve McMillen, resident organist Mildred Sturtz, and tenor soloist Jarrod Severing will be featured.

Milledgeville: A program, which includes a speaker, begins at 12:30 p.m. at Milledgeville High School, 100 E. Eighth St.

Morrison: American Legion Post 228’s ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. at Grove Hill Cemetery, 400 E. High St. Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Jerry Brearton will speak, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.

Mount Morris: A program begins at 9 a.m. Friday at David L. Rahn Junior High School, 105 W. Brayton Road.

Former student Mark Robinson, who runs 5K and 10K races in full soldiers’ gear to raise money for Active Heroes Foundation and Semper Fi Foundation, will speak. Boy and Girl Scouts will present the colors, and students will sing and give presentations. Call 815-732-5300 for more information.

Oregon: Oregon Elementary School will have a breakfast for veterans from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the Blackhawk Center, 1101 Jefferson St. Afterward, the Oregon High School choir will perform the Star Spangled Banner. Elementary school students will sing patriotic songs. Students in second through sixth grades will describe the five branches of the military and what each does. Service members will be presented with American flags.

Call District Librarian Kathryn Green, 815-732-5300, ext. 2335, for more information.

The Oregon VFW’s Veterans Day observance begins at 11 a.m. under the large American flag on the east side of Conover Square, 201 N. Fourth St.

Veterans will provide a 21-gun salute and play taps. The Oregon High School Madrigal choir will sing, and Hector’s Cocina will provide free coffee and Mexican hot chocolate. Beth Wolber of Oregon will speak on behalf of her son, who is deployed to the Middle East.

A potluck meal will be served at noon at the VFW, 1310 W. Washington St.

Polo: A lunch for all area veterans will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Centennial Elementary School, 308 S. Pleasant St.

After the lunch, dessert, coffee, and games will be available for veterans in the school’s community room. A Veterans Day program will start at 1 p.m. in the gym; Air Force One crew member and Polo alumnus Maj. David Plachno is the guest speaker.

Prophetstown: Prophetstown Elementary School’s program begins at 10 a.m. Friday in the gym, 301 W. Third St. The colors will be presented, and there will be a speaker. The Prophetstown American Legion will take part. Call 815-537-2345 for more information.

Prophetstown Middle and High School will have a program at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at 38 Ferry St. The colors will be presented, and musical tributes to veterans will be performed. Call 815-537-5161 for more information.

Prophetstown Historical Society will have a reception for veterans, current service members and the public from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the society’s museum, 306 W. Washington St. Refreshments will be provided. Call Lorraine Thompson at 815-537-5412 or Bev Peterson at 815-537-2668 for more information.

Rochelle: Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival. The museum has artifacts from World War II, specializing in the 70th Tank Battalion and 10th Mountain Division. The Higgins Boat also will be open, weather permitting. Admission is free.

To find the museum, go to the intersection of state Route 251 and Intermodal Road in Rochelle and follow the signs. Go to for more information.

Rock Falls: First Congregational Church, 905 Dixon Ave., will host retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley, son of area resident Walter Lindsley, at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. A reception and covered dish meal in the general’s honor will follow. Call the Rev. Al Campbell at 815-622-8220 for more information.

Rock Falls American Legion Post 712 will have a ceremony with a guest speaker and a rifle salute at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day at Veterans Memorial Park, at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street.

Savanna: West Carroll Primary School students will hold a program at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 2215 Wacker Road. Each grade level will give a reading or song, or participate in another way to honor veterans. Call the school at 815-273-7747 for more information.

VFW Post 2223 and American Legion Post 148 will have a program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main St. The keynote speaker is retired Army Master Sgt. William Hanna.

Sterling: Morningside of Sterling will offer a free breakfast for veterans from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the home, 2705 Ave. E. Call 815-622-2800 for more information.

Sterling American Legion Post 296 will have a program at 11 a.m. at Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. The speaker will be Army Capt. Kevin Braafladt, civilian historian for Army Sustain Command.

The color guard will present colors. Sterling High School Orchestra will perform. A rifle salute will be held outside, and taps will be played. Call the post at 815-625-1212 for more information.

Tampico: Tampico Grade School will have a veterans program at 9 a.m. Friday in the school gym, 304 E. Kimball St. Tampico. American Legion Post 574 will post flags.

Post 574 also will have a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Reagan Park, at Main and Glassburn streets. After the ceremony, the Tampico Historical Society, 119 S. Main St., will host a time of fellowship. Call 815-535-3665 for more information.

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