Veterans Day 2012


Our family and friends in the armed forces deserve special recognition. Honor those who have served our country with these events and stories for Veterans Day.


Cemetery Walk

Costumed docents from the 8th Veteran Reserve Corps, a Civil War re-enactment group with the Lombard Historical Society, portray the lives and stories of veterans buried at the Lombard Cemetery. Soldiers from the War of 1812, the Civil War, and WWI will be portrayed as well as stories from their loved ones back home.


Stockings for our Troops

Decorate holiday stockings for the troops overseas. A letter writing station is also available for you to write a note of thanks or encouragement to be included with your stocking. Donations of stocking stuffer items (cards, small shampoos, razors, sunflower seeds, etc.) are accepted.


Veterans Day

Members of the Jesse White Tumblers will perform outside on the Discovery Center plaza (noon to 12:30 p.m.), followed by a precision drill by cadets from Hubbard High School Army JROTC. At 12:45, cadets from the District 131 Aurora East Navy JROTC present an armed drill demonstration for guests. The 1 p.m. ceremony begins with a presentation and placing of the wreath followed by singing of the National Anthem. Veterans of the 82nd Airborne Division, who participated in the liberation of the concentration camps during World War II, and members of the Tuskegee Airmen will be recognized. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to meet some of Brookfield Zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a red-tailed hawk and tamandua (small anteater).


Back from war, a Chicago soldier reconnects with family

Lt. Ray Abordo returned Friday - a week early -from a year-long tour in Afghanistan. So naturally, he had his wife send the kids to their aunt and uncle's house, and he waited to surprise them at school on Monday.

Staff Sgt. Eliece Soebbing: Mom goes to war

Staff Sgt. Eliece Soebbing got to see her daughter's first steps, and that's enough to keep this first-time mom going.

When parents go to war, families pay a price

As the way America fights its wars changes, so, too, does life on the home front, and it's taking more fuel than ever to keep the home fires burning.
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