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Veterans Day is Nov. 11. A ceremony will be on the east lawn of the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., beginning at 11 minutes before 11 a.m.

This year’s ceremony, along with activities at the McLean County Historical Society, Illinois State University and elsewhere mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. Special recognition is planned commemorating the anniversary.

The ceremony will commence with the firing of one rifle shot each minute beginning at 11 minutes to 11 a.m. with introductions and speakers beginning at 11. A rifle volley and Taps will close the ceremony.

Events

McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission  Chairman Mike Herrin and Superintendent Jerry Vogler will host a veterans' information workshop Nov. 9 at the Activity and Recreation Center, 600 W. Willow St., Normal. The one-hour session begins at 11 a.m. and includes the history of the VAC and information about the wide variety of VAC services. A question and answer period will follow.

VA outreach

A veterans town hall meeting will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Pekin VFW Post 1232, 15665 VFW Road. Leadership from VA Illiana will be on hand.

Historic tour

A free public tour of the VA Illiana Health Care System’s Danville Campus will be 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1. Guests will board a shuttle in front of Building 98 at 1 p.m. Call 217-554-3708 or email todd.oliver2@va.gov.

Don’t forget

Many businesses and restaurants offer discounts for veterans on purchases or meals at many restaurants on Veterans Day.

Update

Starting in November, veterans can register for new ID cards that prove their military history. Only veterans with honorable service will be eligible. Veterans whose discharges are upgraded to honorable will be eligible. The new card does not make the veteran eligible for any new VA benefits.

History project

The Secretary of State of Illinois and Library of Congress Veterans History Project is recording the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served during wartime. In addition to U.S. veterans, U.S. civilians actively involved in war efforts (industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are eligible. To share your story or for additional information, contact Sue Burkholder at 217-785-1537 or email sburkholder@ilsos.net. More information can be found at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Veterans Corner publishes Monday. It is written by the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission, 200 W. Front St., Bloomington, IL 61701; call 309-888-5140.

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