On this Veterans Day, let us remember the tremendous service and sacrifice of our veterans; and let us never forget our national promise to fulfill the sacred obligation  to our veterans and their families, and though there is only one day a year solely dedicated to honoring our veterans, let not a single day pass that we forget the sacrifice these countrymen have made, to protect and defend our freedom and country.  

From the bottom of our hearts and with eternal gratitude; Thank You to all who have served this great nation!  

VETERAN'S DAY IN CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Tuscola Veteran's Day Parade

10:30 a.m.

The Tuscola Veterans Day parade will start at Ervin Park at 10:30 am and will continue down Main Street to the Veteran’s Memorial at the Douglas County Courthouse, where a short service will take place starting at 11am, with Judge Broch speaking.  After the service, there will be a luncheon for the community at Forty Martyrs church.  

American Legion Post 71 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony 

11:00 a.m. 

The event will take place at the East Lawn Cemetery (802 North Cunningham Ave.)
Speaking at the event will be Bob Henderson, beloved teacher and veteran. 

Bob Henderson was honored in Korea for serving in the Marine Corps.  Bob Henderson pledged "Semper Fidelis" at age 17 to join the Marine Corp in 1943. Less than a decade later his duties led him to one of the most pivotal engagements in the Korean War: The battle at the Chosin Reservoir.  Service for which he was honored in Seoul, at a government invitation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the battle that ensured South Korea’s Independence.  Bob Henderson is one of the remaining “Chosen Few” who received a plaque as one of the oldest marines at the 235th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration in Korea.


Veterans Day ONE -ON-ONE 2015: Sponsored By Rotary Clubs Of CU

4:30 p.m.

In 2011 Champaign West Rotary (Illinois) developed Veterans Day One on One, dedicated to honoring our country’s men and women who have served our country. The event is really thank you to our Veterans. You honor our Veterans by inviting them to the Veterans Day One on One dinner event.  One of the main conditions of admission is bringing one or more Veterans, buying them dinner, personally expressing appreciation for their service, and listening to or sharing stories of the Veterans experiences. This is a great way to connect with and thank those who have helped to protect the freedom that we enjoy. 

This year we are proud to have Major General Spiese, USMC (Ret) as our keynote speaker

A Chicago native, Major General Spiese was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.   His 37 year career as a Marine Corps infantry officer included many command and staff assignments worldwide. His final assignment was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  Major General Spiese retired from active duty on April 1, 2013.   Major General Spiese has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.  He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.  Major General Spiese has earned a Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies   He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Board of Advisors for Blue Star Veteran Network, and is the president of the Officers Christian Fellowship national council.