Vetern’s Day Observance
Veterans Day Observance
This year’s Veterans Day Observance will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the east side of the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington starting at 10:30 a.m. This year’s ceremony will commence at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. with U.S. military veterans firing one round each minute until 11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom. The public is welcome to stay afterward to view the “Those Who Served: Vietnam” boards in the Museums’ first-floor table case exhibits. No admission fee is required to participate.
The display boards will also be featured at Tri Valley’s annual Veterans Day program, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 6. The public celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Tri-Valley Middle School with an outdoor parade around the school’s circle drive. Immediately following the parade an indoor K-8 assembly will take place 10-11 a.m. in the middle school gym, during which time the boards will be displayed. A full Thanksgiving meal will be served following the assembly for all veterans and spouses who are able to attend.
“Those Who Served: Vietnam” was published in The Pantagraph Aug. 16-Oct. 4 to honor veterans as the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the start of ground troops from the U.S. in Vietnam. If you missed the series, The Pantagraph is reprinting all of these stories in a special section on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of hostilities during World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Today, it is a federal holiday that is observed to honor people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
McLean County Museum of History
200 North Main
Bloomington IL 61701