Celebrate Veterans Day in Lake County

dsc_8971Today is Veterans Day. Mostly in Lake County, you will hear Non sibi sed patriae or Anchors away my boy due to Naval Station Great Lakes being in our backyard.

On Veterans Day we celebrate the women and men in the United States that have fought valiantly to maintain our freedom. Some of these heroes are still with us, and some have fallen, but all should be honored for putting their lives on the line for us.

To all of those who were a member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force Marines and Coast Guard, we thank you for your service.

Here is a complete guide to Veterans Day in Lake County.

Top Veterans Day Celebrations in Lake County


Antioch’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 9:45 a.m.

Antioch Community High School will honor those veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military with their high school band and choir. Attendees are encouraged to submit photographs  that will be played at the assembly.


Deerfield’s Veterans Day Celebration
Friday, November 11; Noon-3 p.m.

Head to Deerfield’s Village Hall as the Lake County village and the American Legion Deerfield Post 738 hosts will come together to celebrate our veterans. The ‘Give Where You Live’ campaign championed by Mayor Rosenthal will be collecting donations until Veterans Day. Volunteers will write letters of thanks, assemble care packages and more.



Waukegan’s Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 10:30 a.m.

Get to Grand Avenue and Genesee Street early as Waukeganites will have a 11:11 a.m. ceremony with speaker Colonel Jill Morgenthaler. Morgenthaler is a jack of all trades as she graduated from Penn State with a degree in Economics, while training in the US Army Boot Camp. The parade will follow.


Veterans Day Ceremony in Gurnee
Friday, November 11

American Legion Post 771 will celebrate Veterans Day jointly with the Village of Gurnee. Come out and honor the nation’s veterans.



Honoring Vets at Oakwood

Honoring Veterans at the Oakwood Cemetery Guided Tour
Saturday, November 12

Since 1995, this memorial service has commenced as this 1851 cemetery leads their guided tour. This cemetery has soldiers who fought pre-Civil War to as recent as 1979. The cemetery walk has featured the first female physician in Waukegan and George Washington Bell, a former slave turned Union soldier.


Vernon Township’s Veterans Day Social
Friday, November 11; 9 a.m.

In honor of all Veterans, American Legion Vernon Post #1247 and Vernon Township are hosting a Veterans Day Social. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Presentation of the Flag Ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and a welcoming from our Township Supervisor and Veteran, William E. Peterson. Then stay for coffee, donuts and conversation.


Other Veterans Lake County Celebrations and Memorials

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 11, 2009) A rifle drill team from Training Support Center (TSC) performs on historic Ross Field at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., during a Pass In Review June 11. Pass In Reviews on Ross Field have been held since 1911. In the past few years, TSC has conducted a monthly Pass and Review for visiting reviewing officers and VIPs. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott A. Thornbloom/Released)

Lindenhurst Veterans Day Celebration

Friday, November 11; 11 a.m.

Highland Park’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fox Lake’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 11 a.m.

Lake Villa’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 11:11 a.m.

Buffalo Grove Veterans Day Celebration
Friday, November 11; 12:15 p.m.

Barrington’s Veterans Day Ceremony
Friday, November 11; 11 a.m.

***Also for a little Veterans Day History, check this out tonight***

Lake County Civil War Roundtable ‘Children in the Civil War’
Thursday, November 10; 7-8 p.m.

Join the Lake County Civil War Roundtable on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. as Waukegan History Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer presents, “Children in the Civil War.” All are welcome.


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