In addition to the "Veterans Portrait Project" exhibit in Heyworth (see accompanying story), here is a guide to some of the other Veterans Day-themed activities scheduled around the area over the weekend, as well as a day or two beyond:
- 100th Anniversary of World War I: A continuing exhibit on the centennial of WWI will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Simpkins Military Museum, 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth.
- ISU and IWU Veterans Day Ceremonies: Illinois State University's observance is at noon Friday in the Bone Student Center Prairie Room, with a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I and featured speaker Ross Kennedy, chair of the ISU Department of History. At Illinois Wesleyan University, the ceremony is at 10:45 a.m. Friday at the flagpole by Presser Hall on the south end of Eckley Quad, with wreath-laying by ROTC students, commentary and musical soloist.
- ISU Jazz Ensembles Fall Big Band Dance: The ISU Jazz Ensemble I and II's annual semi-formal (no jeans/T-shirts) dance returns at 7 p.m. Friday to the New Lafayette Club in Bloomington, 1602 S. Main St. Featured will be WWII-era big-band sounds, as well as other styles. A cash bar will be open. Tickets: $15 per person at door only (cash or check).
- McLean County Museum of History Veterans Day Ceremony: The ceremony begins at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. Saturday, with the American Legion color guard firing one round each minute until 11 a.m., per the Veterans Day's origins as Armistice Day to mark World War I's end on the 11th hour of the 11 day of the 11th month of 1918.
- Music from the Great War: A free program featuring WWI-era songs by local artist-musician-historian Dale C. Evans and singer Hannah Kerrigan will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the McLean County Museum of History's Governor Fifer Courtroom. Also part of the program will be a display of vintage sheet music and a working Victrola playing 78 rpm records.
- Books to Benefit Veterans Day Event: Area authors will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday at Books to Benefit, 360 Wylie Drive, Normal, for an expo and panel discussion on how the authors broke into the business. Among them: Heyworth-based Army vet Pete Altieri, who's penned two horror-suspense novels, including his latest, "Creation of Chaos."
- The U.S Army Field Band: The performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is sold out, but ... see accompanying story in today's GO!.
- Wings: The first-ever Best Picture Oscar winner, released in 1927, will be screened free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the McLean County Museum of History's "Movies Under the Dome" series in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom. The WWI-set aerial epic stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper. As as part of the evening, related artifacts from the museum's collection will be on display before and after the film, and WWI enthusiast Jim Hoppe will present a program on local WWI aviators. Also, the museum will be collecting new, personal care items for donation to the VA Hospital in Danville (those bringing an item get a free bag of popcorn).