JJC Plans Veterans Day Ceremony, Activities for Friday

In addition to the ceremony and reception, which are open to the public, Joliet Junior College students, faculty and staff are making cards for active soldiers.

A color guard presents the flag during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at Joliet Junior College.
A color guard presents the flag during the 2012 Veterans Day ceremony at Joliet Junior College.
Joliet Junior College issued this news release on the Veterans Day ceremony it will hold on Friday:

Veterans and all community members are invited to Joliet Junior College’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Main Campus Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet, on Friday, Nov. 8 from noon to 1 p.m.

Veterans Day 2012

Veterans are encouraged to wear something that signifies their military branch, such as their uniform or even a small pin.

View photos from last year’s ceremony

Both the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad and Major Jesse L. Maggitt of the U.S. Army will address the crowd. The JJC Chamber Singers and JJC Chorale will end the observance with a performance of “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones.”

The complete ceremony schedule is as follows:

  • Welcome, Bette Conkin, Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Posting of colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem, led by JJC choir members
  • Courage of America’s Military Veterans, Major Jesse L. Maggit, U.S. Army
  • Moment of silence
  • Introductions, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad
  • Flag folding demonstration
  • Echo taps
  • Armed Forces medley
  • “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones,” an arrangement by Keith Christopher, will be directed by JJC professor Philip Spencer, conducted by accompanist Laura Kutscher, and performed by the JJC Chamber Singers and the JJC Chorale

Cake and punch will be available for all visitors and participants after the ceremony. Both the oldest and youngest veterans in attendance will get the honor of cutting the cake.

On Nov. 7, JJC students, faculty and staff will make cards to send to veterans who are currently serving.

For more information about the Veterans Day ceremony at JJC, contact Pam Dilday at pdilday@jjc.edu or 815-280-2755.


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