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The 2017 Veterans Day ceremony on the east lawn of the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington, will begin at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

This year’s ceremony, along with activities at the museum, Illinois State University and elsewhere, mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the “war to end all wars.”

Applebee’s restaurants offer free meals from a select menu to veterans on Veterans Day. It is among many restaurants and other retailers that honor veterans with discounts on Veterans Day.

Sam’s Club in Normal will have a breakfast for all veterans and family from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in the café’ area.

Avanti’s restaurants in Bloomington/Normal will give a meal discount up to $10 for all veterans and active service men and -women on Nov. 11.

Most offers require proof of military service.


Recently, an airman received a call from someone posing as a member of his bank’s fraud prevention team. The person indicated that someone had compromised the airman’s account during a recent visit to Hawaii. The ‘banker’ told the airman that he needed to transfer his funds from his current account to another (fraudulent) account to protect the money in his account.

Never complete a transfer of funds without contacting the customer service number on your bank account statement.

Photos wanted

There are 58,318 names etched in the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as part of its 35th anniversary of the Wall, is trying to complete its “Wall of Faces” project.

The online database features a photo of the service member with a brief biography. Visit the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund website for more information.


The Illinois Army National Guard Aviation Facility and Readiness Center has opened at the Kankakee Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center.

The $64.6 million project is one of the largest Illinois National Guard projects to date. The new building includes a helicopter maintenance hanger, a storage hanger, classrooms and fuel distribution and fire suppression systems.

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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.