2019 Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Celebration to be held November 2 at Kenosha County Job Center

The Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services and other partners will host a Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Celebration in advance of Veterans Day, on Saturday, November 2.

This event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. Visitors are encouraged to use Entrance D on the south end of the building.

The festivities will include a free breakfast and lunch, a ceremony, live music and breakout sessions on veterans’ benefits and suicide prevention. There will also be other activities and giveaways for veterans and their families.

"Since it began four years ago, this event has become a great annual tradition for the community," said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. "It’s a great time, just before Veterans Day, to pay our respects to the men and women who have served to protect our country."

Ali Nelson, director of the Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services, noted that 75 years ago this past June 6, the U.S. Armed Forces landed on Normandy, France, with winning as the only option. The great acts of courage that occurred on D-Day live on today with those serving in the military in distant lands and on the sea, Nelson said.

"Kenosha County has made the commitment to honor our military personnel service by taking six hours out of 365 days ever year to make sure their service will never be forgotten," Nelson said. "Come out on Nov. 2 and join us in celebrating our veterans’ military service and sacrifices."

The event is being hosted jointly with the Racine County Veterans Service Office.

Nelson said this year’s event is being held in memory of Bill DeBock, a dedicated veteran who always went above and beyond to serve his fellow veterans.

"He volunteered every year to assist Kenosha and Racine Homeless Veterans Stand Down and to give back to his community, Nelson said. "Bill you will be greatly missed, but your legacy will live on forever."

The opening ceremony, to begin at 9 a.m., will include a keynote address by retired Major General James H. Mukoyama Jr., a Chicago native who was the Army’s youngest General Officer and Major General in 1987 and 1989, respectively, and the first Asian-American to command a U.S. Army division.

A Vietnam veteran, Mukoyama received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart, among other honors.

The program will also include honors given to a select group of local veterans representing all of the war eras dating back to World War II, as well as performances by the Navy Band Great Lakes.

A full schedule of events is as follows:

  • 8 a.m.: Free breakfast
  • 9 a.m.: Opening ceremony
  • 10:30 a.m.: Breakout session: Vet Center
  • Noon: Free lunch
  • 2 p.m.: Closing

This event is sponsored by Bruch Funeral Home, the Kenosha County Veterans Council, Piasecki Funeral Home, Proko Funeral Home & Crematory, Mission BBQ, LDS Charities, and Victoria’s Catering & Banquet Hall.

Vendors who are interested in participating in the event may contact Kenosha County Veterans Service Officer Ali Nelson at 262-605-6690.