Big List of 2021 Veterans Day Ceremonies in Kane County, IL -- AURORA PARADE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Big List of 2021 Veterans Day Ceremonies in Kane County, IL — AURORA PARADE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

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Communities throughout Kane County are celebrating Veterans Day this year in ways very similar to those prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Below is a list of several of the most popular events.




Aurora will honor this Veterans Day, the heroes who bravely served our country, and the many who continue to serve our community.

With the theme “Serving Our Country and Our Community,” the annual Aurora Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, from Benton Street and Broadway Avenue. It will conclude at the GAR Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer Place, where veterans, parade participants, and guests will convene for a tribute ceremony.

Officials sent an advisory Wednesday, Nov. 10, saying “Aurora Veterans Day Ceremony Moved Indoors, Parade Canceled Due to Expected Inclement Weather.”

The Veterans Day ceremony will feature remarks by Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin, a U.S. Army veteran remarks by local veterans; a roll-call of military branches, and a 21-gun salute on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended World War I.

“It is always one of my greatest honors to salute our veterans who sacrificed so much for our country and continued to serve when they returned home,” said Irvin, who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. “As we honor all veterans for their service, we are also shining a spotlight on women veterans in our community.”

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of Public Law 610, the bill signed in 1986 to authorize the establishment of the Military Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., leading this year’s parade as Grand Marshals will be a unit of women veterans, including State Representative Stephanie Kifowit, City officials, public safety officers, and business owners.

Cecilia Lopez Leyva, the mother of fallen Marine Corporal Sara Medina, will represent her daughter in the Grand Marshal’s unit. An East Aurora High School grad, Medina was killed in 2015 while on duty in Nepal, India.

Women veterans who would like to be included in the Grand Marshal unit can register at

Parade units will also feature local veterans organizations, including the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, the Roosevelt-American Legion Post 84, the Walter E. Truemper American Legion Post #1944, AMVETS Post #103, the Fox Valley Marine Corps League, Toyota Veterans Association, Fox Knoll Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution Aurora Chapter, and the City of Aurora Veterans-Employees.

In addition, the parade will include youth groups including the Marmion Academy Flannigan Rifles, the Mooseheart ROTC, the East Aurora NJROTC and Marching Band; public safety agencies such as the Aurora Police Department, the Aurora Fire Department, and the Kane County Sheriff’s Department; and additional local organizations and clubs.


Batavia Veterans Day Celebration

The Batavia Overseas VFW & Auxiliary Post 1197 will be hosting a Veterans Day Celebration at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at the Batavia Veterans Memorial (weather permitting, rain location inside).

All interested are invited and welcomed to attend. The VFW is proud to again partner with the Batavia Community Band who will play the National Anthem as well as many patriot songs. After the celebration, everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy the facility and beautiful property.

For more information visit us at @BataviaOverseasVFWAux1197 or


Elgin Veterans Day Ceremony Set For November 11

The city of Elgin, in partnership with American Legion Post 57, will honor our nation’s veterans during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony, scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Heritage Ballroom at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, located at 100 Symphony Way in Elgin.

All are invited to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The ceremony will feature a welcome from from Mayor David Kaptain and guest speaker Jerry Turnquist, as well as several musical selections from the Larkin High School Band and representation from local veterans organizations.

Seating will be provided. Parking is available in the Centre Parking deck located a the southwest corner of Symphony and Grove.

For more information, please contact Special Events Coordinator Kate O’Leary at 847-931-6770 or visit




St. Charles

St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony Is at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11

 The annual St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave.

The ceremony will begin with the National Anthem, followed by a prayer, remarks, a closing prayer, gun salute, and Taps performance.

“On Veterans Day we gather as a community to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans for their selfless service to our country,” said Mayor Lora Vitek. “At the city, we are proud of the fact that nearly 10% of our workforce is veterans. We have been recognized consistently by the U.S. Department of Labor with a Gold Medallion in the HIRE Vets program.”

For more information, contact LTC (Ret) Mark Powell, Event Coordinator, at 630-329-6444.


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