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Veterans are the focus this week

2013-11-03T00:00:00Z Veterans are the focus this weekCarrie Steinweg Times Columnist
November 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The American Legion Auxiliary Edward Schultz Unit 697 will host its pancake breakfast on Nov. 9 at the Post, 18255 Grant St. in Lansing. The breakfast will include pancakes prepared by the Lansing Copper Muggers, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cocktail and choice of coffee, milk, or juice.

I love stopping when there are pancake breakfasts in town. It’s a nice, quick affordable meal and I know I’m supporting a community organization. I also like running into people I know and chatting. This is one of my favorite pancake breakfasts because I have to admit that I’m not a big pancake fan. At this breakfast they have scrambled eggs and I much prefer eggs for breakfast. Come on out and enjoy a nice meal while supporting the auxiliary, which does much for our local veterans.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 10, and free for those under age 3. Proceeds benefit activities to support service members and veterans. For more information, contact Donna at (708) 889-9881.

This year there will be a Veterans Day program to honor all members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty. It will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 8  at T.F. North High School, 755 Pulaski in Calumet City. “There is no greater sacrifice,” said Activities Director Robert Paradise in an email. “It is important for us to remember what they did in service to our great country, the values we stand for and our way of life. To help honor America’s veterans, we respectfully invite any parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, and neighbors who have served our country to attend as our guest of T.F. North High School. A short reception will follow for all veterans in the library.”

The Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard will once again hold their annual Veterans Day program at the Lansing Municipal Airport, Glenwood-Lansing Road and Burnham Avenue in Lansing. This year, they will honor our nation’s female veterans at their Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 10.

All veterans, especially women currently serving in the military or veterans of our country’s armed services, are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. The ceremony includes a rifle salute, raising of service flags, laying of wreaths, a keynote speech from U.S. Army Sgt. Sharon Allen, as well as the playing of taps.

I’ve attended several of these ceremonies and they are always very well-organized and very touching. Last year was the first I had attended where the ceremony was moved indoors into the historic Ford Hangar due to high winds. It was well attended and a beautiful tribute to all who have served their country.

My friend, Jo-Ellyn Kelley, and her husband, Vince, owners of J.J. Kelley’s, 2544 Bernice Road in Lansing, are hosting a celebration of the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 10 that is open to the public. There will be a cake cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., with the youngest and oldest Marines in attendance cutting the cake. It will be followed by a complimentary dinner for all veterans from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Local teen Molly Roe will sing the national anthem.

Also, on Monday at J.J. Kelley’s there will be a fundraiser for Suburban Access to benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities. It will be a tailgate party and pig roast starting at 6:30 p.m. You can stop there for advance tickets for $12 or buy them at the door for $15.

T.F. South holds fall play

I’m so excited the drama department at T.F. South High School, 18500 Burnham Ave. Lansing, will be performing “Footloose” as their fall musical. I was in junior high when the movie originally came out and am looking forward to seeing their version. There is new information regarding performance times and ticket cost. The performances will be Nov. 7, 8 and 9 in the auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 each night and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. Get a $3 discount on your admission ticket if you bring in a nonperishable donation for the Lansing Food Pantry.

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