Veterans Day 2018

For the month of November, the Consulate General of France in Chicago will be honoring American veterans in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Minnesota. Discussions about WWI and WWII will also take place at Mooresville High School and Southmont High School in Crawfordsville, Indiana, as well as commemorative events throughout the Midwest.

World War II Veterans will be awarded the French Legion Honor, France’s highest honor in the following cities:

November 1: Akron, Ohio. Arthur J. Dinkins, “B” Company, 255th Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division.
November 2: McClure, Ohio. Robert S. Rowland, 602nd Bombardment Squadron, 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
November 5: Milford, Indiana. Daniel C. Levernier, 409th Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.
November 6: Franklin, Indiana. Harry A. Wolfe, "G" Company, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, 3rd Army.
November 12: Canton, Michigan. George W. Miller, 872nd Artillery Battalion, 66th Division.
November 19: Frankfort, Kentucky. William F. Pollard, "A" Battery, 481st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.
November 28: Stillwater, Minnesota. Robert B. Webber, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division.

Commemorative events will also take place throughout the Midwest.



The Face of Integration in Europe
November 7 | 6:00 pm

Elmhurst College
Alexander Room in the Frick Center, lower level
190 S. Prospect Ave, Elmhurst IL 60126

On November 7, join the Elmhurst College and the AATF in celebrating National French Week featuring keynote presentation The Face of Integration in Europe, a conversation with Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix.

Apéro from 6pm-7pm (by registration only)
Keynote Speaker begins at 7pm - Free admission
Tel. (814) 229-9733 or

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War and the Human Heart
November 10 | 7:30 pm

St. James Cathedral
65 E Huron St, Chicago, IL

On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Rembrandt presents a special event five years in the making. War and the Human Heart combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Join Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Valparaiso University Bach Choir, and conductor Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) for a thought-provoking journey into the veteran experience. Works by Beethoven, Strauss, Holst, Schumann, and others.

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Commemoration Ceremony and Tree Planting of the Armistice
November 11| 10:30 am

University of Illinois - Circle Memorial Grove
1116 S Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College, in partnership with several campus units, will present “The War that Made Today,” an 11-day series featuring interdisciplinary panels, exhibitions, talks and performances exploring the global impact of “The Great War” and the ways it continues to resonate today.

On November 11, a Commemoration Ceremony and Tree Planting of the Armistice will be held at the UIC’s Circle Memorial Grove in the presence of Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix. Program begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a moment of silence to be observed at 11 a.m. The Circle Memorial Grove is located at the Northeast corner of Taylor and Morgan Streets.

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Armistice Day: Bells of Peace
November 11 | 10:50AM

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

At precisely 11:00 am November 11th, 1918 an Armistice was declared silencing the warfare that had echoed across Europe for the prior five years.

On November 11th, 2018 at 11 am Americans across the nation will toll bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed in the war that changed the world. Come to Cantigny Park to participate in this nationwide event. Bring your bell, or use one of our centennial commemoration bells (while supplies last).

Afterward, join us for a Victory Tea with warm beverages before heading over to the First Division Museum.

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WWI Centennial Commemoration
November 11 | 4PM - 7PM

Lycée Français de Chicago
1929 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL

Join the Lycée Français de Chicago in commemorating the end of the Great War. As part of the event, a student exhibition will highlight Illinois’ 370th US Infantry, an African American Regiment decorated for bravery in France during the war.

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Annual Bronzeville Veterans Day Parade
November 12 | 10AM

43rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL

The Annual Bronzeville Veterans Day Parade in the presence of Deputy Consul General of France Frédéric CHOLÉ, celebrate the contribution of African Americans to the French during World War I.

The parade starts at 43rd and King and ends at 35th and King at the Victory Monument created by by French-born sculptor Leonard Crunelle. The monument was erected in 1928 to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, the "Fighting Eighth". The names of 137 members of the 8th Infantry, Illinois National Guard, who lost their lives during World War I, are inscribed on a bronze panel. The Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard was reorganized as the 370th U.S. Infantry of the 93rd Division, and this regiment saw service on WWI major battlefields. It was the last regiment pursuing the retreating German forces in the Aisne-Marne region of France, just before the November 11, 1918 Armistice.



Armistice Commemoration
Special Activities, Nov. 2?11, 2018

National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

Firing on the First World War’s Western Front ended on Nov. 11, 1918 at “the eleventh hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.” After four years of fighting, an eerie stillness fell across the battlefields of Europe. The next day, Allied commander Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch sent a message to the Allied Armies: “You have won the greatest battle in history and served the most sacred cause - the Liberty of the World.”

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