Chicago-area weekend events honor veterans

November 12, 2011 3:19:33 PM PST
Several events honoring United States veterans were planned in the Chicago area Saturday.

The third annual Veterans Job and Benefits Fair began Saturday morning at Logandale/Avondale school. Services included free flu shots and free pediatric care, including school physicals and immunization shots.

The fair was sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Edward Reyes who stressed that veterans have discipline, desire, and other skills that employers need. He added that they should be honored for serving their country.

Also, the Blue Island Veterans Day parade stepped off at 11 a.m. Saturday at 123rd Street and Western Avenue. Marching bands, military vehicles and classic cars were all expected to participate. After the parade, a classic car show and military vehicle exhibit was planned at Memorial Park.

Additionally, the Italian-American War Veterans of Illinois hosted their 16th annual Veterans Day mass Saturday morning at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. This year, the group honored women veterans.

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