The City of Chicago’s official Veterans Day Ceremony, will be held on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month–11/11/13 at 11 a.m. at Soldier Field.
The symbolic Soldier Field was originally named at the request of Gold Star Mothers to honor the men lost in World War I.
Tomorrow’s ceremony will be lead by keynote speaker Four-Star General Robert W. Cone, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Cone assumed these duties in 2011 after serving as Commander, III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas and Deputy Commanding General – Operations for U.S. Forces – Iraq. Alderman James Balcer of the 11th Ward, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will emcee the program which will culminate in a wreath laying ceremony at the doughboy, a 21-gun salute, Taps and the Armed Forces Medley.
The ceremony will take place just inside Gate 0 of Soldier Field in front of the Doughboy statue. The Doughboy statue, originally placed in Garfield Park, was restored and installed in Soldier Field as part of the stadium renovation. Doughboy is an informal term for a member of the United States Army or Marine Corps, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
There are benches available along the wall for seating and moments of reflection. The benches contain notable quotations regarding the efforts of those who serve our country with Military Medals of Honor representing the various branches of the armed forces cast into the backrests of the benches.
Veterans Day is the one day set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrew Wilson, it was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.
Free parking is available at the Waldron Parking Deck; exit at 18th Street from Lake Shore Drive.
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