The 21-gun salutes, flag plantings and ceremonies will mostly be missing from the first national holiday of the ongoing pandemic. So today, we’re bringing the moving words to you. Author, Marine Corps veteran and retired educator Ray Elliott of rural Urbana shared with The News-Gazette the text of a speech he delivered at last May’s Veteran’s Assistance Commission Memorial Day Ceremony at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Scott Rhoton was honored recently by Champaign's American Legion Post 559 Color Guard with a plaque that in part reads: 'We salute you for your commitment to the veterans of our community as we all continue serving God, Community and State.'

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While Charles McGee was being recognized by the president during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, many members of his extended family in Champaign-Urbana were glued to the TV.

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That the easy-to-spot American flag outside the Facilities and Service Building at the University of Illinois is perfectly maintained does not come as a surprise. There are more than 130 veterans working at F&S, after all.

The four veterans honored at Thursday's Quilts of Valor ceremony were Jim Acheson of the Navy, Howard Rhodes of the Illinois National Guard, Ed Kobel of the Air Force and Bob Reifsteck of the Army.

The family wants to invite “anyone who knows him” to Jim Kelly’s 98th birthday bash, set for 4-6 p.m. Dec. 29 at the VFW.

We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School

Each month for the past 12 years, Chuck Zelinsky has hand-delivered a plaque to a local business, recognizing proper display of the American flag.

Events scheduled in East Central Illinois in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. If you know of another Veterans Day observation, email news@365彩票app and we will publish it online.

The event that starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the VA's Danville campus features 21 entries, including the Danville Police Honor Guard in the lead, the Danville High School Marching Vikings, local fire departments, the Patriot Riders, Lincoln's Challenge cadets and honor guard, fair queens, vintage cars and more.

Tonight at Meade Park Elementary School in Danville, area veterans will be treated to a 365彩票app-cooked meal and rousing games of bingo, courtesy of staff and students.

A tip of the hat to Arcola High School, which for two decades has celebrated Veterans Day with an invigorating, one-of-a-kind, student-led assembly.

Between 2000 and 2018, 383,947 people who served in the U.S. military were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Ahead of a Friday forum on the topic at Carle — ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ — we spoke to the veterans affected, the caregivers who stand by their side and the UI researchers trying to learn more about a crippling injury that often goes unrecognized.