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Veterans Day events in the Sauk Valley

Here are some of the area groups and agencies that will be honoring service members past and present with public events, all today unless otherwise indicated:

• Amboy: A Veterans Day dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Walton Tap, 906 Walton Road. Veterans, their spouses and the public are invited. Call 815-857-2381 for more information.

• Dixon: Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 668 Memorial Parkway. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Wilson will speak, a color guard will be present, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.

At noon, American Legion Post 12 will have an open house at the hall, 1120 W. First St. Bring a dish to pass.

VFW Post 540 also will have an open house with a free lunch starting at noon at 1560 state Route 38. The band Thistle and Lace will perform.

• Lanark: The Lanark Legion and VFW’s annual supper for veterans and their spouses begins at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St. Meat, vegetables, and beverages will be provided; bring a salad or dessert to pass and your own table service. State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, will speak, and the Eastland Junior-Senior High School band will perform.

• Morrison: American Legion Post 228’s ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Grove Hill Cemetery, 400 E. High St. Jim Prombo will speak, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.

• Oregon: The Oregon VFW’s Veterans Day observance begins at 11 a.m. on the Old Ogle County Courthouse lawn, at 105 S. Fifth St., with lunch from noon to 2 p.m. at 1310 W. Washington St. Lunch is by donation.

Afterward, the VFW and Hands on Oregon will dedicate a 60-by-30-foot American flag made of siding and attached to the restored upper east corner of Conover Square Mall, 201 N. Third St., at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

• Rochelle: Roberts Armory World War II Museum will open from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival. The museum has artifacts from World War II, specializing in the 70th Tank Battalion and 10th Mountain Division. The Higgins Boat also will be open, weather permitting.

Admission is free. To find the museum, go to the intersection of state Route 251 and Intermodal Road in Rochelle and follow the signs about 3 miles to the museum. Go to for more information.

• Rock Falls: American Legion Post 712 will have a ceremony with a rifle salute at 10:30 a.m. at Triangle Park, at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street. Legionnaires will visit area nursing homes in the afternoon.

• Savanna: VFW Post 2223 and American Legion Post 148 will have a program at 10:30 a.m. at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main St. The Men of Calvary will perform several pieces. Col. Steven Allen, commander of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade, will speak. VFW Cmdr. Mike Raleigh and Legion Cmdr. Paul Mayer will place a wreath. There will be a rifle salute and taps.

• Sterling: At 11 a.m. at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave., there will be a speaker and the Sterling High School band will perform. The flag will be folded, and there will be a color guard and a rifle salute.

• Tampico: American Legion Post 574’s service begins at 11 a.m. at Reagan Park, at Main and Glassburn streets. Afterward, free refreshments will be served at Tampico Historical Museum, 119 Main St.

• Thomson: The village’s new veterans’ memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on the Law-Jones Funeral Home property, 1854 state Route 84. The Rev. Floyd West will speak, and state Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, and state Sen. Neal Anderson, R-Andalusia, are scheduled to attend. The Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate the memorial, and Cub Scouts will hang a wreath. The Thomson American Legion Honor Guard will perform. If it rains, the dedication will move to the Majestic Pines Event Center, 11503 3-Mile Road, north of Thomson. Call 815-922-3867 for more information.

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