Anna: 2 p.m., parade downtown.

Benton: 10 a.m., Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery. Local VFW and American Legion posts will dedicate veterans' memorial flags. Honor guards from Benton American Legion Post 280 and Benton VFW Post 2671 will fire gun salutes. Speakers will be VFW Comm-ander John Metzger, American Legion Commander Don Houghland and Benton Mayor Gary Kraft. Attendees will include state Sen. Gary Forby and state Rep. John Bradley. A wreath placement and military salute at Benton City Hall Veterans Memorial will follow the cemetery presentation, followed by a ceremony at the Civil War Cemetery behind Benton American Legion.

Carbondale: 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Plaza. VFW Teeter Carter Watson Post 2605 will present program with keynote speaker Brigadier General Robert C. Waldron of the U.S. Army Reserve and Illinois Army National Guard.

Carbondale SIU Army ROTC:

11 a.m., Shryock Auditorium main entrance. SIU Carbondale Air Force and Army Officer Reserve Training Corps will conduct annual joint military ceremony. Keynote address will be given by Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bobby Pruett.

Carbondale: 2 p.m., Trinity Christian School, 1218 W. Free-man. Program with music, poetry, essays, flag ceremony and cards for veterans who are present and to send to soldiers overseas. Guest speaker will be Chaplain Major Seth H. George, U.S. Army Special Operations in Fort Lewis, Wash., who served numerous deployments, including two years in Iraq.

Carterville: 11 a.m., dedication ceremony for new veterans' memorial on Division Street.

Chester: 10 a.m., ceremony at Chester VFW with meal following. Guest speaker will be Randolph County Sheriff Mike Hoelscher.

Du Quoin: 10 a.m., parade downtown, ending at Keyes City Park, followed by a recognition ceremony at the veterans' memorial in the park.

Herrin: 7 to 10 a.m., Knights of Columbus Club. Annual SOS breakfast sponsored by S.I. Leathernecks and Knights of Columbus. Breakfast is free to all veterans; $2 donation for non-veterans.

Marion: 10 a.m., American Legion, 11720 Longstreet Road, hosted by American Legion Post 147. Master of Ceremonies will be Ed Davis. Principle speaker will be Jeffrey Roscow, 25th District Legion Commander. Remarks will be made by the Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion representatives, followed by an 11 a.m. program at VFW Post 1301, 201 Longstreet Road, to honor veterans past and present; 10 a.m. Benjamin Dunn, POW of World War II will speak at Parkway Manor.

Metropolis: 10:30 a.m., Harrah's Metropolis Casino Riverfront Event Center. Program and day of appreciation. Commemorative wreath presentation at 11 a.m. Guest speakers include Lt. Col. Danny Sample Jr., Mark Osterhaus, general manger of Harrah's Metropolis, and Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel. All servicemen and women with military ID will receive complimentary buffet.

Mount Vernon: 10:30 a.m., Times Square Mall. Program presented by VFW Post 9233.

Murphysboro: 11 a.m., post meeting hall, corner of Gartside and 17th Street. Post Commander Pete Grammer will officiate program. Guest speaker will be Bill Slider, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (retired), Past American Legion District Commander and former professor of military science at SIU. Post 127 Honor Guard, commanded by Dr. Louis Strack, will render honors including posting of colors, gun salute and Taps. Lunch will be served following the program.

Pinckneyville: 11 a.m., Perry County Courthouse near veterans' memorial. Pinckneyville American Legion Post 2504 will host ceremonies. Rep. Jerry Costello, a veteran of Desert Storm, will be main speaker.

Vienna: 11 a.m., Vienna Carnegie Library grounds. Daniel Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Vienna Ministerial Alliance program.

Waltonville: 10 a.m., program and parade organized by VFW Post 9153. Program will follow parade in Waltonville High School gymnasium with guest speaker Ret. Col. Ted Buck.

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