A series of Veterans Day events and activities are scheduled across the area this week, while the Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services has also once again produced a video tribute for people to enjoy from home.
“Since Kenosha County was not able to host our annual Veterans Day Celebration and Stand-Down this year due to the pandemic, we are excited to present a half-hour video sharing local veterans’ reflections on the day,” said Kenosha County Veterans Services Director Ali Nelson. “This video, recorded recently at the Heroes Café at Festival Foods, is a great acknowledgment of veterans across several generations and what they gave for our freedoms.”
The video will air on Kenosha Community Media (Spectrum Cable Channel 14 and www.kenoshamedia.org) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12.
It is also available for viewing on the Kenosha County YouTube channel, at https://bit.ly/KCVeteransDay2021.
A full list of in-person Veterans Day celebrations and events across Kenosha County, compiled by the Kenosha County Veterans Service Office (excluding those which have already occurred), is as follows:
What: Jeffery, Brompton, Grewenow, and Southport Elementary School Veterans VIP Parade
When: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.
Where: Jeffery Elementary, 4011 87th St., Kenosha (starting location)
Note: Follow police escort beginning at Jeffery Elementary on 88th Street and 42nd Avenue. Route will continue to Brompton Academy (8518 22nd Ave.), Grewenow Elementary (7714 20th Ave), and end at Southport Elementary (723 76th St). Participants are asked to remain in their vehicle. For more details, please contact Erin LaBuda at 262-914-1588, [email protected] or Becky Warren at 262-945-9265, [email protected].
What: Wilmot High School Veterans Day Breakfast and Observance
When: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Where: 11112 308th Ave., Wilmot
Note: All community veterans and family members are invited for breakfast at 7:30, followed by an 8:30 assembly. Please contact Marlene Tilsner at 262-862-2351, Ext. 260, or [email protected] with any questions or to preregister, although preregistration is not required. Wilmot High School is a mask-recommended space.
What: American Legion Post 21, American Legion Family Veterans Day Celebration
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Flanders Field Ceremony at 10:15; Rendering of Honors at 11 a.m. sharp. Coffee and doughnuts will be served before the ceremony, with a light lunch starting at 11:15.
Where: 504 58th St., Kenosha
Note: For more details, please visit https://alpost21.com.
What: Stocker Elementary School Drive-Thru Veterans Parade
When: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Where: 6315 67th St., Kenosha
Note: All veterans and active-duty military personnel are invited to arrive in their cars and drive through Stocker’s horseshoe-shaped lot, where they’ll be greeted by students and staff along with other tributes.
What: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1865 Veterans Day activities
When: Thursday, Nov. 11. Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., POW-MIA ceremony at 11:30 a.m., beef stew lunch at noon and flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m.
Where: 6618 39th Ave., Kenosha
Note: For more details about the program, please contact Dennis Eis at 760-587-6442.
What: Civil War Museum and Navy Club Ship 40 Veterans Day Celebration
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 5400 First Ave., Kenosha
Note: Navy Club Ship 40 will present a program to commemorate Veterans Day. The Civil War Museum will offer free admission for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11, sponsored by Piasecki Funeral Home. For more information, please call the Civil War Museum at 262-653-4141.
What: Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, noon
Where: Library Park, 711 59th Place, Kenosha
Note: For more details, please contact Richard Bowker at 262-694-1129
What: Central High School Veterans Day Celebration and Reception
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, reception for veterans at 1:30 p.m., assembly 2 p.m.
Where: 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans, reception for veteran’s starts at 1:30 p.m. For more details or to RSVP, please contact Nancy Switalla at 262-843-2321, Ext. 382.
What: “Veterans Authors and Art Show"
When: Thursday, Nov. 11, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Pollard Gallery & Gifts, 518 56th St., Kenosha
Note: Local veterans authors Richard Bell, Joe Campolo Jr., and Steven Tindall book signing and resident artist Bruce McCurdy art show. Refreshments served. For more information, please contact Barb at 847-354-0616 or Joann at [email protected].
Note: This story has been updated to add the Wilmot High School event, which was inadvertently omitted from an earlier version.