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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will honor local and national veterans at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held at City Council Chamber in City Hall, on Sunday, November 11 at 11am.
The keynote address will be delivered by Brigadier General Mark C. Jackson, Assistant Adjutant General, Illinois Army National Guard. General Jackson serves as a principal advisor to the Adjutant General and is responsible for assisting the Adjutant General in formulating, developing and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Illinois Army National Guard and its nearly 9,900 Citizen-Soldiers. With over 33 years of military service, General Jackson represents the Adjutant General and the Illinois Army National Guard in a variety of forums, which affect the Illinois National Guard and the communities of Illinois.
Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrow Wilson, it was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.