Veterans, their families and all village residents are invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Commemoration next Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the first floor ballroom at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Virginia Cassin will preside and Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will greet the attendees. 

Veterans Day has its origins in World War One. It is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of the War in 1918. In the United States, Veterans Day has evolved into a celebration of the veterans of all our wars. 

The History Singers, John and Kathryn Atwood, will lead patriotic singing. Bugler John Borland, wearing a WWI uniform, will play taps. Officers from the Oak Park Police Department Honor Guard will also be on hand. Rev. John Cole and Rev. Sally Iberg will offer prayers for peace.

The commemoration is planned and organized by Virginia Cassin of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, John and Kathryn Atwood, John Borland of the Park District of Oak Park, Heather Lindstrom of the Oak Park Arms, Debby Preiser of the Oak Park Public Library and Brian Flora, a Vietnam veteran and a retired U.S. diplomat with over 30 years of overseas service.

Ken Trainor

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