Celebrate Pride in the USA at Annual Waukegan Veteran’s Day Parade

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Waukegan will be going full-out in honor of veterans for national Veteran’s Day Friday.

The city’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade which begins at 10:30 a.m. will feature among others local Boy Scouts, Waukegan High School JROTC members, Waukegan first responders, American Legion Homer Dahringer Post #281, and of course our United States Veterans.

Get out early to reserve your spot to watch the beloved Veteran’s Day Parade this county seat.

The parade line up will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Grand Avenue and Genesee Street. The parade will move to Veterans Plaza at the corner of Washington and West streets where the ceremony will begin.

A ceremony will kick off at 11:11 a.m. featuring opening and closing remarks by Master of Ceremonies Dan Ptasienski, senior vice commander of American Legion Post 281. The National Anthem will be performed by the Waukegan High School Band. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley will speak, as well as Duane Peacy, commander of American Legion Post 281; Ret. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matt Burleson; and Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts of Christ Episcopal Church. The keynote speakers is Col. Jill Morgenthaler, Army (Ret.).

Newly elected Congressman Brad Schneider has been invited, though his attendance has not yet been confirmed.

Finally, Christ Episcopal Church, American Legion Homer Dahringer Post #281, and the Lake County Arts Magazine will sponsor a free lunch at Christ Episcopal Church, 410 Grand Avenue, following the ceremony. The public is welcome.

For more on Col. Jill Morgenthaler, visit http://www.coloneljill.com/.

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