The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918, marked the end of fighting in World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, November 11 th was a salute to World War I veterans. However, following World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the holiday to “Veterans Day” in 1938 as a way to honor all servicemen – both active and retired.
One of the best ways to commemorate Veterans Day is by attending the PCHS Veterans Day Assembly. The assembly is on Monday, November 11 th, in the Prairie Central High School gymnasium, starting at 2:30 pm. Listen to great speakers and the PCHS Band; watch the impressive color guard presentation; and most importantly, honor the active and retired troops who serve our country. The event is completely open to the public, and the full student body will be in attendance. Other schools in the district are also planning Veterans Day Activities.
It is important to educate students on the history of Veterans Day, but an assembly is a good reminder to every one of the importance of the holiday.
If you can come early, stop in at the high school cafeteria at 1:45 pm for an ice cream social for veterans.
“I am thankful our school leadership had made it a priority to educate the youth of our community about the contributions of our veterans and the price of freedom,” says Bobbi McKeon, the Specialty Shops coordinator. “I hope many will be able to attend the activities hosted by the schools.”
Also on November 11 th is Dave’s free lunch for veterans. From 11 am to 1 pm at the 3 rd Street Deli, treat yourself to a fried chicken dinner and a dessert. This lunch for active and retired military personnel only is to recognize their dedication and commitment to our country.
If you have a story, idea, or suggestion, please share it with us by calling (815) 692-4500 or by emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com. You can also visit Bobbi McKeon, the Specialty Shops coordinator, at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.