For the second consecutive year, the Veterans Day National Committee has selected Blue Island as a regional site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2014.
The Veterans Day National Committee, comprised of various national veterans and military organizations, selects a small number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. Last year, only two were selected from Illinois. From stirring parades and ceremonies, to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.
Jim Reihel, Veterans Day Parade Committee chairman for American Legion Post 50, was notified of Blue Island’s selection in a letter sent by Mike Galloucis, executive director of the VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. The letter stated that VA Secretary Robert McDonald had also notified Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office, and asked the Department of Defense to provide military liaison officers to help support Blue Island’s events.
Post 50, along with the Blue Island Park District, will sponsor the sixth annual Veterans Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8. The parade will begin at Hart Park at 123rd and Western, proceed south on Western to Union St., west on Union to Highland Ave., and north on Highland to Memorial Park at 128th St. A classic car show and military vehicle exhibit will take place at the park immediately after the parade. Refreshments and entertainment will also be available at the park.
If you would like to be apart of this years parade, CLICK HERE to download the application. You can turn it in to the Blue Island Park Dist. (12804 S. Highland Ave. Blue Island, Il 60406), Phaethon Speed Shop (12636 S. Kroll Dr. Alsip, ILL 60803) Or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org