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For Their Service…Veteran’s Day Observances Around The Area

This Friday, November 11, marks Veterans Day, when America takes time to offer respect and praise for the men and women in uniform who were willing to fight to protect this nation and her people.

Locally, there are plenty of observances for Veterans Day, even though not all of them are happening on Veterans Day itself.

First off, on Thursday, November 10, is St. Ann School’s second annual Lunch with a Hero.

These guests will arrive around 11 a.m. and be escorted to individual classrooms where they will speak to our students and answer questions regarding their time in the military as well as about their careers and lives.

After their question and answer session they will be accompanied to lunch by students and dine in the gymnasium where they will feast on a nacho cheese bar and other delights. If they are brave enough to stick around after lunch they may join the students for recess.

The festivities should conclude around 12:30 p.m. when our guests will be able to leave although they will be welcome to join us for a special Mass at 1 p.m. dedicated to veterans.

On Veterans Day, there will be a breakfast in Nashville at the basement dining room of the Nashville American Legion Hall. This free breakfast is for Veterans and First Responders and will take place from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The event is put on by (and with the aid of volunteers from) The Healing Place (Nashville Assembly Of God).

There is no cost for vets, first responders or their families to eat, so come on out and start Veterans Day with a hearty breakfast.

In Ashley, the Ashley Public Library will be hosting a Veterans Day open house from 9 to 11 a.m.

Guests can enjoy donuts and beverages while sharing stories with area servicemen and women.

For more information on the event, contact the Library at (618) 485-2295, or head to for information on the library and services offered there.

On the Monday following Veterans Day, November 14, Kaskaskia College is pleased to host its 15th annual “Enduring Freedom” Veterans Day Celebrationheld at KC’s main campus. Kaskaskia College is proud to honor the service of those men and women who have given their time and energy in the service of our country.

The morning will feature a free breakfast in the College’s Student Center from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for veterans and their guests. A special program will be held in the Jane Knight Auditorium starting at 9:45 a.m. that is open to the students and the public, featuring a panel discussion of “Women in the Military Today”, conducted by four Kaskaskia College students who have served, or are currently serving in the armed forces.

Jody Roper of Centralia served in the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2014. She is currently taking business classes at KC with an eye towards opening her own restaurant one day. Amanda Depew, also from Centralia, served in the Air Force from 2003 to 2007. She is now enrolled in KC’s Nursing program. Lorin Thomason of Salem also served in the Air Force from 2006 to 2011. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education at KC. And, Mallory McMahan of Mt. Vernon, who is currently serving in the Army National Guard while pursuing her Associate in Arts at KC. The panel, which will be moderated by KC’s Coordinator of Veteran Affairs Carrie Hancock, will highlight the advancement women have made in the military over the years. The morning will also feature the presentation of colors by the Beckemeyer American Legion Post #1227, and the performance of the military service songs by the Kaskaskia College Choir under the direction of Lynda Marshall.

The program is free and open to the public and for more information please call Travis Henson, KC Director of Marketing at 618-545-3177, or email