Honor Veteran’s Day with these Chicago and suburban events
Friday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day! Veteran’s Day is a national holiday to honor those who have served our country. Pay tribute to these courageous men and women with these Chicago and suburban events.
Attend the official City of Chicago Veteran’s Day Ceremony. The ceremony is held at Soldier Field, named such for those lives lost in World War I. The ceremony features various speakers, wreath presentation at the doughboy statue, and formal rifle salute. The event is free to the public, only a 15 minute walk from Vue20.
View artwork created by Veterans at the National Veterans Art Museum. The museum was founded in 1981 and features art inspired by combat to help spread the awareness of the impact of war. The museum features art by veterans of all wars and experiences, with over 2,500 art pieces.Current exhibitions include “Vonnegut’s Odyssey” and “The Things they Carried.” The non-profit museum is free to the public, only an 18 minute drive from the Belden Stratford.
Visit the Harold Washington Library and view the National Veterans Art Musuem’s Above & Beyond exhibition. Located on the third floor, the art installation features over 58,000 dog tags hanging from the ceiling to represent the U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The third floor also features an interactive kiosk to look up the name of certain veterans, and their location. The installation is the only memorial dedicated to Vietnam veterans located outside of Washington D.C., and is only a 10 minute walk from AMLI 900.
Cantigny Park will feature an all day Veteran’s Day tribute. The park features a luminary tribute from sunset until 9 p.m. with an illuminated pathway display winding through the park. From 5 p.m. on the park will feature “Reflections Framed, A Celebration of Military Service Past and Present.” The exhibit frames military service stories, courtesy of Wheaton College ROTC cadets. Only a 10 minute drive from Courthouse Square or a 12 minute drive from Wheaton 121.