Joliet Central High School to host veterans ceremony Nov. 10

6th annual event will recognize 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen

Joliet Central High School announced plans to honor local veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces during its 6th annual Veterans Ceremony.

Because this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, the theme of the ceremony celebrates African American veterans.

“Joliet Central High School takes pride in honoring our veterans and looks forward to continuing this tradition,” said Joliet Central High School Principal Shad Hallihan.

The hour-long program is scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Joliet Central auditorium, located at 201 E. Jefferson St. The public is invited to attend, and veterans who will be present are encouraged to contact the Joliet Township High School District community and alumni relations director, Kristine Schlismann, at 815-727-6796 in order to be recognized at the event.

Groups expected among the cast of the ceremony are the JROTC Cadets; the Joliet Central Symphonic Band, with a musical tribute representing each branch of the service; the Joliet Central Choirs, offering patriotic hymns; ROTC Commander Phil Jayko, reading “Duty, Honor, Country”; and moving student-produced video presentations.

Following the ceremony, Joliet Central administrators, faculty and staff will host a reception in the Student Center for veterans, military personnel, families, friends and elected officials.

Students and guests will have the opportunity to personally meet with the veterans. Immediately after the reception, a scheduled panel discussion with veterans will offer students an exceptional educational opportunity.

Parking will be available in the all lots and guests may enter the building through the Student Center or at the auditorium entrance off Eastern Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to begin arriving at 2 p.m.

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