The annual Kenosha County Veterans Celebration makes its return after a three-year hiatus this Saturday, Nov. 5, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.
This free community event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the commons area at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Entrance D.
The festivities include a free breakfast sponsored by Piasecki Funeral Home and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7308, the honoring of a few local World War II veterans, informational vendors, free haircuts, and a performance by Navy Band Great Lakes.
“We’re excited to invite our veterans, their families, and other supporters out for this pre-Veterans Day celebration,” Kerkman said. “I invite the community to join me in honoring the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation in the U.S. military.”
Kenosha County Veterans Services Director Ali Nelson noted it will be the first time this event has been held in person since 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of the in-person event, video tributes to local veterans were produced in 2020 and 2021.
Nelson noted that Veterans Administration Health Care Center representatives will be at the event to answer questions and provide information about hazard benefits available to those who were exposed to water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, to agent orange during the Vietnam War, and to Gulf War burn pits.
“In addition to a delicious breakfast and great music from the Navy Band, there will be a lot of valuable information shared at this event,” Nelson said. “I encourage our veterans to come out to celebrate and learn about benefits that are available.”
Other Veterans Day events:
Veterans Day events will be held across Kenosha County on and before the Nov. 11 holiday.
A chronological list of celebrations, compiled by the Kenosha County Veterans Service Office:
What: Christian Life School Veterans Day Program
When: Friday, Nov 4, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Journey Church Auditorium, 10700 75th St, Kenosha
Note: Light reception to follow the program. For more details about the program, please contact Mary-Kay at 262-694-3900.
What: Kenosha County Veterans Celebration
When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, Entrance D
Note: The public is welcome to join in a day of celebration to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served in the U.S. military. Breakfast will be sponsored by Piasecki Funeral Home and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7308, vendors will be on site, and Navy Band Great Lakes will be performing. For more information, contact the Kenosha County Veterans Service Office at 262-605-6690.
What: Kenosha Running Company Veterans Day Run
When: Sunday, Nov 6, 10 a.m.
Where: Start/finish in downtown Lyons, Wis. (White River Trail)
Note: Distances include 10K and Half Marathon at 10 a.m.; 2 miles at 10:15 a.m. Event is free with advance registration at www.XCThrillogy.com. Same-day registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will cost $10.
What: Village of Pleasant Prairie Veterans Day Ceremony
When: Sunday, Nov 6, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pleasant Prairie Veterans Memorial in Prairie Springs Park, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Note: Light refreshments will be served.
What: UW-Parkside Veterans Week
When: Nov. 7-11, with Opening night reception for “I Am Not Invisible,” an exhibit celebrating female veterans in Wisconsin, at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.
Where: UW-Parkside, Brookwood Foundation Main Place in Wyllie Hall, 900 Wood Road, Somers
Note: The Opening Night Reception will feature Mary Kolar, Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. RSVP for the reception at https://uwp.edu/iamnotinvisible. The banner exhibit features 16 of Wisconsin’s women veterans and their stories will be on display from Nov 7-11.
What: Jeffery Elementary Veterans Day Program
When: Thursday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.
Where: 4011 87th St., Kenosha
Note: Coffee and refreshments available starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by student performances. Veterans will be invited into classrooms to answer student questions. For more details, please contact Beth Pelc at email@example.com.
What: Stocker Elementary Drive-Thru Parade
When: Thursday, Nov. 10, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: 6315 67th St., Kenosha
Note: Vehicles will start in front of the school and may be decorated. For more details, please contact Tanya Schober at 262-359-2143.
What: Salem Consolidated Grade School Veterans Day Program
When: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2:15 p.m.
Where: 8828 Antioch Road, Salem
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans. Music and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Nicole Pahl at 262-843-2356, ext. 409, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Southport Baptist Church Veterans Banquet
When: Thursday, Nov 10, 7 p.m.
Where: 13266 Wilmot Road, Kenosha
Note: Concert by the Baptist of Ministry Concert Chorale, performing military and patriotic favorites. Please call 262 425-0130 to RSVP.
What: Wilmot Union High School Veterans Day Breakfast & Observance
When: Friday, Nov. 11, breakfast at 7:45 a.m.; assembly at 9 a.m.
Where: Wilmot Union High School Commons & Veterans Memorial Field House, 11112 308th Ave., Wilmot.
Note: All community veterans and family members are invited. RSVP to Lisa Obertin at 262 862-2351, ext. 321, or email@example.com. Please indicate your name and number of guests attending breakfast.
What: American Legion Post 21, American Legion Family Veterans Day Celebration
When: Friday, Nov 11, 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Flanders Field Ceremony at 10:15; Rendering of Honors at 11 a.m. sharp. Coffee and doughnuts will be served before the ceremony, with a light lunch starting at 11:15 a.m.
Where: 504 58th St., Kenosha
Note: For more details, please visit https://alpost21.com.
What: Civil War Museum and Navy Club Ship 40 Veterans Day Celebration
When: Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to noon
Where: 5400 First Ave., Kenosha
Note: Navy Club Ship 40 will present a program representing all branches of service to commemorate Veterans Day. The Civil War Museum will offer free admission for veterans and active-duty military on Nov. 11, and light refreshments will be sponsored by Piasecki Funeral Home. For more information, please call the Civil War Museum at 262-653-4141.
What: VFW Post 1865 Veterans Day Celebration Events
When: Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 6618 39th Ave, Kenosha
Note: VFW Post 1865 will be hosting a variety of events on Veterans Day, kicking off the day with a Veterans Ceremony. Lunch (beef stew) will be provided by the post, followed by a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. A fish fry dinner will be held at 5 p.m. until supplies run out.
What: Lord of Life Lutheran Church Veterans Day Worship Service and Chili Lunch
When: Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
Where: 5601 Washington Road, Kenosha
Note: A free chili lunch will immediately follow the service.
What: Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration
When: Friday, Nov. 11, noon
Where: Library Park, 711 59th Place, Kenosha
Note: For more details, please contact Richard Bowker at 262-694-1129.