Veterans Day events 2021

(KBSI) – Veterans Day is a federal holiday on November 11 established to honor military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Take a look at some Veterans Day events around the area. Know of a Veterans Day event not listed? Email

Jackson, MO

Veterans are invited to join an assembly at the Jackson Senior High School Event Center on Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. with the JHS Choir Department. There will be a reception immediately following in the Commons. Parking is available on Oklahoma Street in the parking lot. Assistance is available for those in need. Call 573-243-9501 with questions.

A Veteran’s Day Parade will be Thursday, November 11 at 4 p.m. Veterans from all branches of the service will move through the uptown Jackson area. The parade will start at the Frozen Food Locker on S. High St. and go north on High Street then turn west on Main Street and turn south on Russell Street. Parking along the parade route will be restricted starting at 2 p.m. Vehicles parked after 2 p.m. will be towed from the street. Watch for pedestrians and streets closed for this parade. Parking will be restored immediately following the parade.

Zalma, MO

Veteran’s Day Dinner at Zalma R-V Schools
Thursday, Nov. 11

Food will be served in the school cafeteria if there are veterans in the area who would like to come and visit with other veterans. There are personnel willing to provide transportation for any veterans who would like to come to the school on Nov. 11. Volunteers will also deliver food to nursing homes and VFW halls. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Take out dinners and deliveries will be ready to go at 5 p.m. Meals are free of charge to veterans and their families. Call Marsha at Zalma school (573-722-5504 ) if you plan to attend or need meals delivered. If you have already called school for pick up meals and would now like to attend at school that evening, let them know. The menu this year is kettle beef, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, hot rolls and cup cakes. The will have coffee, tea, lemonade and water for those dining in the school cafeteria that evening.

Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will commemorate Veterans Day with the annual vigil at the flagpole near the center of campus.

This year’s Nov. 11 Veterans Day event marks the 40th anniversary of the flagpole vigil, which began in 1981. The event, organized by SIU’s ROTC programs, honors SIU and southern Illinois veterans who served their country in the U.S. armed forces.

6:30 a.m.
Old Main Flagpole, just south of Woody Hall
ROTC cadets from SIU’s Air Force and Army detachments will stand silent vigil throughout the day, changing shifts every 15 minutes, until 5 p.m. The vigil runs roughly from sunrise to sunset.

11 a.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony
Old Main Flagpole, just south of Woody Hall
Air Force and Army ROTC members

Lt. Col. Jessica Dwyer, SIU ROTC commander, will make brief welcoming remarks, followed by Paul Copeland, SIU veterans services coordinator, who will make introductions. Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry will then read a proclamation, followed by a keynote address by Meera Komarraju, SIU provost. A bugler playing “Taps” and remarks by a cadet emcee will close the ceremony.

All those attending this event must follow current campus and state pandemic safety protocols.

Barlow, KY

Nathan Myers, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Ballard Memorial High School, will speak at Ballard’s annual Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:15 p.m. in the BMHS gym at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. The public is invited to attend.

Myers is a 2012 BMHS alumnus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering at the Academy in 2016, and completed Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. He was selected to serve on board the USS North Dakota, a Virginia-class fast attack submarine homeported in New London, Conn. After completing his tour of duty, Myers resigned his commission as a lieutenant and is in reserve status. He currently lives in Paducah.

Ballard’s band and choirs will also perform, and all veterans in attendance will be recognized. A candlelight memorial also will be held to honor all of those from Ballard County who have died in conflict.

Parking will be available on the west (tennis court) side of the gym, and visitors may enter the door on that side.

Murray, KY

The annual Murray Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled along KY 94/Main Street in downtown Murray starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Martin, TN

The University of Tennessee at Martin will honor active military personnel and veterans during the week of Nov. 8-12, as well as during the UT Martin football game on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Hardy Graham Stadium. The Skyhawk football game against Tennessee State will kick off at 2 p.m. and include free admission for all active military service members and veterans with identification.

On Monday, Nov. 8, the 129th Army Band will perform from noon-12:30 p.m. in room 136 of the Fine Arts Building. The 129th Army Band is headquartered at Houston Barracks in Nashville and led by Chief Warrant Officer Billy Stepp and Acting First Sergeant, Sergeant First Class Tim Keyser.

The UT Martin Veterans Services team and ROTC students will travel to W.D. Bill Manning State Veterans’ Home in Humboldt on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to thank the residents for their service.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the “veterans walk” through the quad at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Participants are encouraged to wear patriotic clothing. The walk will begin at the battlefield cross monument outside Paul Meek Library.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, a Veterans Day program will be broadcast at and will be archived on the UT Martin YouTube account for later viewing. This year’s keynote speaker is Assistant Commissioner Patrick Rice of Tennessee Veteran Affairs.

The community is invited to a Zoom event on Friday, Nov. 12, to hear from local veteran groups. Speakers will include representatives from the Weakley County Veterans Affairs office, Combat Veterans Association, and many others. Contact Jason Earley, veteran services coordinator, at for the link. The week will conclude with a Veterans Bowl flag football game at 11 a.m. at the intramural field behind the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

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