Community members will gather at Lake Park Pavilion, 2200 Lee St. in Des Plaines, for a Veterans Day memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. At the city council meeting preceding Election Day, Second Ward Alderman John Robinson and other aldermen reminded citizens to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. With that in mind, Robinson invited the community to the Veterans Day service at Lake Park.
“So, come out and pay homage to the people that exercised their right and became veterans,” Robinson said.
In his official Veterans Day proclamation, President Barack Obama stated:
“This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We welcomed our veterans back home from Iraq, and we continued to wind down operations in Afghanistan. These milestones remind us that, though much has changed since Americans first took up arms to advance freedom's cause, the spirit that moved our forebears is the same spirit that has defined each generation of our service members. Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve -- cornerstones of a commitment to protect and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years. In war and in peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplishments have been extraordinary.”
“Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers. As a grateful Nation, it is our task to make that transition possible -- to ensure our returning heroes can share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend. The freedoms we cherish endure because of their service and sacrifice, and our country must strive to honor our veterans by fulfilling our responsibilities to them and upholding the sacred trust we share with all who have served.”