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.
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.
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.
Guests can view an array of military memorabilia, including uniforms and documents, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Additionally, a military vehicle will be on display on the Discovery Center Plaza. Greeting guests from noon to 1 p.m. will be one of the zoo’s birds of prey, accompanied by animal care staff. During the same time, zoogoers can enjoy a performance by the Legacy Girls as they sing toe-tapping hits of the famous Andrew Sisters. The 1 p.m. Veterans Day ceremony will feature the posting of colors and a performance of the National Anthem, followed by remarks from Rich Gamble, senior vice president of operations for the Society. After the ceremony, guests are invited to stay for an entertaining routine by the popular Jess White Tumblers.