Aurora, IL - Vets Weeks

The city of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council announced Tuesday (April 26, 2016) that it will kick off its

first-ever VETS WEEK AURORA on Armed Forces Day, May 21

and continue to daily events through Memorial Day, May 30.

 

WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT OPENING MAY 22

The war as it was for Aurorans who served throughout the world, and those who stayed home and supported them.

  Doors open immediately following the 1 PM wreath laying ceremony at the veterans' memorial in the Sunken Gardens - Phillips Park, Aurora, IL

  At the Stover Visitor Center.   FREE.  Exhibit will run through the summer.  

Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM

Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM

The city of Aurora will also be celebrating veterans for an entire week in 2016, something that might be unprecedented in the state of Illinois.

The city of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council announced Tuesday (April 26, 2016) that it will kick off its first-ever VETS WEEK AURORA on Armed Forces Day, May 21,and continue to daily events through Memorial Day, May 30.

The week’s itinerary is as follows:

  • May 21 – Wreath Laying Ceremony at Veterans Island and Armed Forces Day Car Show
  • May 22 – WWII Wreath Laying Ceremony and WWII Exhibit Opening at Phillips Park (Should have 12 WWII Vets present, which is so cool)
  • May 23 – Kick Off at the Library, Legacy Girls Performance and Good Morning Vietnam! at the Paramount
  • May 24 – Santori Library Day, Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Reception
  • May 25 – School Day
  • May 26 – BBQ Fundraiser
  • May 27 – Open House at the IL Army National Guard Armory
  • May 28 – Picnic and Concert at Cool Acres – Vets Eat Free & 5 $1,000 scholarships awarded – 144th Army Band Concert Band Performing
  • May 29 – 5K Fun Run, Walk, Woof and Roll – Phillips Park
  • May 29 – Memorial Day Service – Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – West Aurora Cemetery
  • May 30 – Annual Memorial Day Parade and the Grand Army of the Republic Reopening
  • May 30 – Monday Movie Night at the Paramount Theatre – Platoon

Click on this link:  Vets Week

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Aurora Historical Society                                   Early May, 2016
WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT OPENING MAY 22

The war as it was for Aurorans who served throughout the world, and those who stayed home and supported them.   Doors open immediately following the 1pm wreath laying ceremony at the veterans' memorial in the Sunken Gardens-Phillips Park.   At the Stover Visitor Center.   FREE.  Exhibit will run through the summer.  Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. 

 

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ALSO ABOUT WORLD WAR II:  Meet  the son of the Army medic from Aurora who, with surgery and penicillin, saved the life of Hana Berger (now Moran) and two other newborn babies barely clinging to life when their concentration camp was liberated by the Allies in 1945.  Brian Petersohn is bringing to the Paramount stage the story of his father, LeRoy "Pete" Petersohn, who was only 22 years old and completely unprepared for the horrors and suffering he saw, but who became a hero to many in the weeks that followed.   Appearing with Brian:  author of "Born Survivors", Wendy Holden, and two of the *babies* who were saved that day,  Hana Berger Moran and Dr. Mark Olsky, both of whom are now Americans working in the medical field.  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7pm.  FREE.        
                               Petersohn Born Survivors jacket
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TANNER HOUSE OPEN FOR THE SEASON

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Tours are at 1,2 and 3pm every Wednesday and Sunday (no July 3).  FREE, but donations appreciated.   The parlor restoration is 90% complete:  see the full vigor of Victorian decorating in a beautiful 1857 house.  

 
JEWISH HISTORY AND CULTURE IN AURORA CELEBRATED IN 10th "Flavors of Aurora - Stirred, Not Shaken" exhibit.

From the earliest era when Jewish settlers arrived in the 1850s, through the mid-century boom when they made downtown Aurora a shopping mecca, to today, guest curator Marilyn Katz presents a panoply of photos and artifacts paying tribute to the cultural impact of this group on the development of Aurora.    At the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer, 60505.  Wed-Sat, Noon-4pm, FREE, but donations appreciated.  Through June 4.  
 FREE
aurorahistory.net or facebook.com/aurorahistory
Tanner House Museum and Archives, 304 Oak Avenue, 60506  630-897-9029
Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505   630-906-0650
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