City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony

Chicago’s Official Veterans Day Ceremony will take place in City Hall Council Chambers on Sunday, November 11, at 11.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, together with combat veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will honor local and national veterans at this year’s ceremony.

Brigadier General Mark C. Jackson of the Illinois Army National Guard will deliver the keynote address, and members from each branch of the United States military, civic leaders, and cadets from the Chicago Public Schools JROTC will be represented.

The program will feature the “National Anthem” sung by Alleece Baker with USO of Illinois, the “Armed Forces Medley” performed by the 144th Army Ceremonial Band, Illinois National Guard, “Taps” by Tom J. Day, founder of Bugles Across America, and a wreath laying ceremony.

Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrow Wilson, it was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Source:  Alderman Reilly Report:  11/9/18