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Veterans Day Observance

Sat Nov 11 10:00:00 2017

This year’s ceremony will commence at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. with the color guard firing one round each minute until 11 a.m. 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. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Museums Gov. Fifer Courtroom.

Bloomington Post 56 will coordinate the local annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on

Saturday, November 11th, 2017, on the east side of the McLean County Historical Society Building (the Old Courthouse). All Veterans of McLean County will be honored.Ceremonies will begin at 11 minutes of 11:00 a.m. with one round of blank ammunition fired every minute until 11:00 a.m.

A combined Color Guard consisting of members of the American Legion Post 56 of Bloomington, the American Legion Post 635 of Normal, the Central Illinois Leathernecks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454, AmVets Post 270 and Chapter 60 of the Disabled American Veterans will render honors to the Flag.

Our Master of Ceremony will be Roy Jones, Commander of American Legion Post 56.Our keynote speaker will be Major Bradley E. Roach, Illinois Army National Guard.Major Roach’s overseas deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently he is assigned to the US Property & Fiscal Office for the Illinois Army National Guard in Springfield. For more information please contact: Royden Jones, Commander American Legion Post 56 309-376-5331.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Post 56 will have Poppies available before the ceremony.Proceeds from Poppy donations go towards helping the Veterans in our VA Hospitals as well as Child Welfare programs in our community.

In addition, the McLean County Museum staff will have “Thank You for Your Service Scarves” available to the first 150 veterans in attendance at the ceremony.The Museum also will host a program of WWI music at 1:00 p.m. after the ceremony.