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Local events recognize Veterans Day

This is a list of local events received as of press time to honor Veterans Day, which is Monday.

Motorcade to visit area nursing homes

Veterans and the community are invited to honor senior veterans at four local retirement and nursing homes today.

A motorcade will stage at 9:30 a.m. at Algus Packaging on Peace Road, north of Route 38 in DeKalb. The motorcade will leave at 10 a.m. and travel to Barb City Manor and Heritage Woods in DeKalb and to Bethany Healthcare & Rehab and the Grand Victorian in Sycamore. At each stop, there will be a brief 15-minute ceremony.

For information, email

Counseling veterans

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Northern Illinois University Counseling Association will present “Counseling Veterans with Disabilities: A Special Veterans Day Presentation,” featuring Amanda McCarthy and Bryan Dallas, in Graham Hall room 423.

McCarthy and Dallas will provide an overview of veterans with disabilities, prevalent service-connected impairments, interventions aimed at supporting veterans, and assistive technology to facilitate independence in personal and vocational settings. Questions will be answered after the presentation. It is free and open to all.

Ceremony at DeKalb County Courthouse

The Sycamore Veterans Home will present a short ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W. State St. in Sycamore. The presentation will include students playing taps.

NIU football game

Veterans will be honored with Veterans Appreciation Night at Wednesday’s Northern Illinois University Huskies football game. Tailgating will begin in the southeast corner of the Convocation Center parking lot at 5 p.m., rain or shine. At 6:15 p.m., local veterans organizations will carry flags into the stadium to be displayed during the game. Veterans will be recognized on the field at halftime.

For veterans and guests who RSVP, the tailgate is free, parking costs $10 and game tickets cost $10. Veterans who already have tickets to the game are invited to RSVP to participate in the additional activities. RSVP to 815-753-7225 by Sunday and mention that you are with the Frank Beierlotzer veterans event. For information, email

DeKalb Public Library

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Michael B.J. Farley will present his story about his experiences in the Vietnam War at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, near the fireplace on the main level of the DeKalb Public Library. It will give the audience a glimpse into the life of a traveling soldier in Vietnam. The presentation lasts an hour and 15 minutes and there will be time for questions at the end.

The event is free and open to the public. The DeKalb Public Library is at 309 Oak St.

Rochelle museum

The Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open in honor of Veterans Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for admission. The museum displays artifacts from World War II, specializing in the history of the 70th Tank Battalion, 10th Mountain Division of World War II and Rochelle area veterans of World War II.

To find the museum, go to the intersection of Route 251 and Intermodal Drive in Rochelle (an Army truck is at this intersection), follow the signs about three miles to the museum. For information, visit

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts asked to wear uniforms

Monday is Veterans Day, an opportunity to say “thanks” to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. As a way to show support to them, scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms during school that day. By doing so they may be asked to participate in a flag ceremony for any Veterans Day ceremony held at school.

For information, or to let her know that your scout elects to wear their uniform, call Debbie Cravatta at 815-762-6575.

Veterans Day ceremony at NIU

The Northern Illinois University Veterans Club will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Veterans Memorial Flagpole across from Altgeld Hall by the pond. The event will feature a rifle volley, playing of taps and a keynote speech by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

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