American Legion Post 60, along with the Winnebago-Boone County American Legion posts, are sponsoring a Military Veterans Awareness Open House at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12, and is free; the public is invited.
This is an open house inviting and honoring all veterans to participate in touring Memorial Hall, which has been recently restored and opened for public use. This historic building was the first of its kind built and was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt in June 1903. The open house will feature a static display on the streets surrounding Memorial Hall. This display will include equipment from the Civil War era, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Iraq War. The main display area (parking lot adjacent to Memorial Hall) will feature a military helicopter(s), weather and availability permitting.
The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VietNow, Korean Veterans Association and other veterans groups will have displays and be on hand to answer questions. Members from the Vet Center (VA) will also be on hand to answer questions and assist veterans. Members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and Illinois Army National Guard will have equipment and personnel present. Recruiters will also be on site to explain career opportunities offered by the military.
The event is free, and there is no charge for parking. Ample parking is available in several parking ramps adjacent to the event, as well as street parking. Restroom facilities as well as portable toilets will be available. Memorial Hall and the display areas are handicap accessible. No food or drink will be available on site, nor will there be any vendors selling products.
from the May 2-8, 2007, issue