The Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services is planning a special event as Veterans Day approaches.
Veterans, active duty military members and their families are invited to the 2017 Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Celebration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.
“The stand down is being held to reach out to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless,” said Ali Nelson, director of the Division of Veterans Services. “The celebration is to honor our United States military men and women who are actively serving and those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as the sacrifices made by their families.”
County Executive Jim Kreuser said the event is a worthwhile opportunity to help veterans in need, and to pay tribute to veterans – past and present.
“It’s important to take some time around Veterans Day to stop and think about those who served to defend our country and the freedoms we enjoy,” Kreuser said. “This event at the Job Center is a wonderful way to do that, while also providing valuable outreach services to veterans.”
The Nov. 4 stand down and celebration highlights include:
- Free breakfast served from 8 to 9 a.m.
- Opening Ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m.
- Free lunch served from noon to 1 p.m.
- Available all day at no cost are: Legal services, haircuts, flu shots, free clothing, VA health care, information about financial assistance, veterans benefits and more.
- Fun activities for the whole family and giveaways
Those wishing to attend the event are asked to RSVP to Ali Nelson at Ali.Nelson@kenoshacounty.org or 262-605-6690. More information about the Homeless Veterans Stand Down is available online at www.standdownsewi.org.
About Veterans Day:
Veterans Day is a federal holiday (previously known as Armistice Day) observed annually on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. It is celebrated not only in the United States but in many other countries throughout the world.
In the United States, it is a day that honors all men and women that have served as military veterans in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day should not be mistaken with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in military service.
Other Veterans Day 2017 activities in Kenosha County:
What: “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro: A powerful show based on the true stories of women deployed in the Vietnam War
When: Nov. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18; Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St., Kenosha
Note: Tickets are complimentary for any veteran or active-duty service member. Admission for others is $10 or $13
What: Village of Pleasant Prairie Veterans Day Ceremony
When: Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pleasant Prairie Veterans Memorial in Prairie Springs Park, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Note: Following the ceremony, lunch will be served in the Donald Wruck Beach Pavillion.
What: Christian Life School Veterans Day Program
When: Nov. 8, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Journey Church Auditorium, 10700 75th St., Kenosha
Note: For more details about the program, please contact Mary-Kay at 262-694-3900.
What: Salem Consolidated Grade School Veterans Day Program
When: Nov. 10, 2:15 p.m.
Where: 8828 Antioch Road, Salem
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans. For more information, please contact Virginia Vinson at 262-843-2356, ext. 125.
What: Jeffery Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration and Reception
When: Nov. 9, 9 a.m.
Where: 4011 87th St., Kenosha
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans. For more details and to RSVP, please contact Mindy Duford at 262-515-3324.
What: McKinley Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration
When: Nov. 10, 8 a.m.
Where: 5520 32nd Ave, Kenosha
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans. For more information, please contact the school at 262-359-6002.
What: Central High School Veterans Day Celebration and Reception
When: Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
Where: 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake
Note: The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans; please RSVP by Nov. 3. For more details or to RSVP, please contact Nancy Switalia at 262-843-2321, ext.382.
What: American Legion Post 21 Veterans Day Celebration
When: Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
Where: 504 58th St., Kenosha
Note: For more details and to RSVP, please contact Tom (Woody) Visintainer at 262-620-5646.
What: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1865 Veterans Day activities
When: Nov. 11; Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., VFW initiation and presentation of the Cross of Malta to new members at 11:15 a.m., POW-MIA ceremony at 11:30 a.m., beef stew lunch at noon and flag retirement ceremony at 2 p.m.
Where: 6618 39th Ave., Kenosha
Note: For more details about the program, please contact Dennis Eis at 760-587-6442.
What: Navy Club Ship 40 Veterans Day Service
When: Nov. 11, 5 p.m.
Where: Navy Park, located at the corner of 54th Street and Sixth Avenue in Kenosha
Note: For more details, please contact Steve Tindall at 262-914-0328.
What: Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans Veterans Day Celebration
When: Nov. 11, noon
Where: Library Park, 711 59th Place, Kenosha
Note: For more details, please contact Richard Bowker at 262-694-1129
What: Civil War Museum Veterans Day Dedication and Recognition Ceremony
When: Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
Where: On the Veterans Terrace located at 5400 First Ave., Kenosha
Note: For more information, please call the Civil War Museum at 262-653-4141.
What: “All About the Art” Veterans Art Show
When: Nov. 11, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Pollard Gallery, 518 56th St., Kenosha
Note: Exhibition featuring the artistry of local veterans opens for public viewing Nov. 1. For more information, please contact Judy at 262-654-9030 or Bud at 262-359-9179.
What: Kenosha Public Museum Veterans Day Recognition
When: Nov. 15, 1 p.m.
Where: 5500 First Ave., Kenosha
Note: For more information, please call the Kenosha Public Museum at 262-653-4140.
What: Welcome Home Celebration
When: Nov. 18, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St., Kenosha
Note: Local musicians, authors and artists will share their talents in this free community event. Representatives from several veterans’ organizations will be on hand to answer questions and help to support veterans. The event will conclude with the final performance of “A Piece of My Heart.”