Veterans’ Day at Memorial Hall

The Winnebago County Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, will be the focus for several Veterans’ Day observations.

Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., Memorial Hall will be the site for a Veterans’ Day program sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), which will feature Col. (ret) Joseph Tate, a retired official of the United States Civil Air Patrol.

That same evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Winnebago County Veterans Association will host its annual Veterans’ Day observation with a banquet at Cliffbreakers Restaurant and Conference Center.

Saturday, Nov. 12, two major activities are scheduled. At noon, the Memorial Hall Board of Trustees and the Honorable Donald Manzullo, 16th District Congressman, will kick off two important initiatives: a telethon to generate contributions to the Hall and a Town Hall meeting to introduce Winnebago County to the National “Veterans History Project.” Congressman Manzullo will ask the people of Winnebago County and the surrounding area to pledge their support to the “Raise The Flag” fund-raising activities that have been ongoing since Memorial Day of this year. The purpose of this action is to provide operating funds for the Hall to expand their educational and remembrance activities.

The second item on Manzullo’s agenda will be to invite all local veterans and other citizens who were active in any direct World War II efforts to defeat the Axis Powers to share their memories of these times and record them in either an audio, video or written format. The goal of the “Veterans History Project” is to record the remembrances of the military and civilian population who were involved in the eventual defeat of the Axis Powers. Whether you were on active service, part of the civil defense efforts, were making the machine tools and other war materials, or even growing a Victory Garden, the Library of Congress wants to record your testimony for perpetuity.

The finale of this weekend of remembrance will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, in the auditorium of Memorial Hall. The members of “Battery G,” an organization dedicated to the historical preservation of the events of the Civil War era, are sponsoring, along with the Hall trustees, two re-enactments of significant historical proportion. The first presentation is titled “Surrender at Appomattox,” then after a short intermission, the players will treat the audience with “An Evening With the Lincolns.” These one-act plays have been presented from time to time throughout the Midwest to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences. Tickets are $15 per person, and seating is limited to approximately 350 people. Tickets are being sold by “Battery G” people at the office of Memorial Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get your tickets now, as seating is limited.

For more information, call Memorial Hall at (815) 969-1999.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue

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