I wanted to share the following article ("Honoring All Who Served") with you.
The City of Aurora and the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council will recognize the dedication of local military service men and women who have given to our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
The parade will step off at 10:15 AM, from the corner of Broadway (Rt. 25) and Benton Street, and will travel north on Broadway, then west on Downer Place to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer, where the "Honoring All Who Served" ceremony will take place. The ceremony will conclude with a military rifle salute at 11:11 a.m., the exact time the armistice was signed that ended World War I.
Hope to see you there! :) Monica
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Gina Moga | Special Events Manager
AURORA HONORS VETERANS AT
ANNUAL PARADE AND CEREMONY
The parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. from the corner of Broadway (Rt. 25) and Benton Street, and will travel north on Broadway, then west on Downer Place to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer, where the "Honoring All Who Served" ceremony will take place. The ceremony will conclude with a military rifle salute at 11:11 a.m., the exact time the armistice was signed that ended World War I.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren, who served as a senior staff member under Army General David H. Petraeus.
An Illinois native, Borggren was appointed Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary in July 2014. Borggren previously was director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs from 2011 through 2014. As the agency's director, Borggren oversaw a 1,300-person staff, dedicated to serving those who have served.
In her military career, Borggren served as a senior staff member for Army General David H. Petraeus during his time as commanding general in Iraq, at U.S. Central Command, and in Afghanistan. Prior to her time in the Middle East, Borggren served as an Army Medical Service Corps officer in Yongsan, South Korea. A Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, and the valedictorian of her West Point class. She holds post-graduate degrees in comparative social policy and theology from Oxford University.
Event parking will be available at any of the free City of Aurora parking lots throughout the downtown.
SEND A GIFT TO A SERVICE MEMBER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
In addition to this year's Veterans Day activities, the City of Aurora is also sponsoring the Gift from Home program, which sends a one-pound box of mixed nuts and a holiday greeting card to Aurora's active military personnel for the holidays.
To add your active-duty friend or family member to the list, please submit the service member's full first and last name, branch of military and current rank, complete military address and complete Aurora address to City of Aurora Special Events at 630-256-3370, or submit online at https://www.aurora-il.org/events/gifts_from_home.php.
Submissions are due Friday, Nov. 14.
Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 199,672. Aurora is known as the "City of Lights" because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights. Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships. For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city's website at www.aurora-il.org.