Here's a roundup of activities going on in Southern Illinois for Veterans Day, which is Saturday, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial in Benton Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery; hosted by VFW Post 2671 and American Legion Post 280. Featured speaker state Rep. Dave Severin. Group also will perform salutes at Benton Civil War Cemetery behind the American Legion Hall. Light lunch will be served at American Legion Post 280.
Veterans Day free breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, The Landings at Reed Station Crossing, 2100 Reed Station Parkway. Breakfast is free for all veterans; for everyone else, $3.
Veterans Day Tribute: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Grand and Division in downtown Carterville at the Veterans Memorial. Hosted by American Legion Post 347. Guest speaker VADM Nancy Brown.
Veterans Meet and Greet: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, The Old Feed Store, 111 N. Appleknocker Drive. Opportunity to visit with veterans. Refreshments provided.
Veterans Day Program: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Herrin Doughboy. Speakers are Harry Spiller and the Rev. Ralph Brandon; Herrin American Legion and VFW honor guard. Marine Corps League will host breakfast at Knights of Columbus Hall before the program; free veterans' lunch at Herrin Elks following program.
Berlin Wall program: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Schweinfurth Museum at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 1411 N. 27th St. Chris Lyons, former pilot for U.S. Air Force in Germany offers perspective on the Berlin Wall: the technology, why it came to exist, and circumstances under which it came down. Free.
Veterans Day Program and Dedication of Purp's Patriot Park: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Purp's Patriot Park, One Hot Cookie Bakery & Catering, 1290 Business Highway 13; parking at Carruthers and Murphysboro High School with shuttle buses running from 10 a.m. Tent and seating provided. Refreshments served at 10 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Forms available at One Hot Cookie for those who wish to honor a veteran; complete a form and a rock will be made and placed in the garden for free.
Veterans Breakfast: 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Carruthers Elementary School, 80 Candy Lane. Further celebration of veterans to follow in gymnasium.
Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; American Legion Post No. 2504 hosts annual Veterans Day ceremony outside Perry County Courthouse near Veterans Memorial; music by Pinckneyville High School Jazz Band, keynote speaker Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis, military honors to recognize men and women who served.
Flag and ornament honor: The entire month of November, Pinckneyville Community Hospital Auxiliary will line hospital's circle drive with flags to honor veterans. For every $5 donation in the name of a veteran, the name of the veteran will be placed on a star ornament and hung on an honor tree in the hospital lobby and a flag will be added outside. Donations may be made 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Once Upon a Trinket and the hospital gift shop.
Veteran's Day Program: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Vienna Public Library Lawn. Daniel Hopkins, pastor of Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church, will speak; limited seating available, please bring lawn chairs; sponsored by Daniel Chapman chapter of NSDAR