The Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard has announced plans for the annual Veterans Day program at the Lansing Veterans Memorial, located at the Lansing Municipal Airport at the corner of Burnham and Glenwood-Lansing Road. It will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 7.
The event honors all veterans, living and deceased, who have served in peace time and time of war. The theme for this year's program will be the 60th anniversary of the invasion that began the Korean War. The guest speaker will be Korean War veteran Bill Minich, of the South Suburban Chapter of the Korean War Veterans of America.
The Ceremonial Honor Guard will open with a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. The program is open to the public. No seating is available, so guests should bring lawn chairs. For more information, call Rich at (708) 862-7731 or Larry at (708) 474-3049.
Come hungry for breakfast fundraisers
St. Ann School in Lansing is planning a Halloween breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday where you can get your fill of eggs, sausage, pancakes and potatoes. The breakfast takes place at the T.F. South High School cafeteria, 18500 Burnham Ave. Adults are $6, children ages 4 to 12 are $4 and children age 3 and younger are free. Tickets for raffle baskets will also be available.
Come in costume for breakfast and then head over to Kilroy's parking lot at 3502 Ridge Road to register for the Halloween parade. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 10:30a.m. It ends at Winterhoff Park where awards are announced for the best costumes. If it rains, the parade will be in the gym of the Eisenhower Center at 2550 - 178th St.
Then on Nov. 6, it's breakfast time again as the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Post 697 at 18255 Grant St. For $5 for adults and $3 for ages 3 to 10 (those under 3 are free), you can enjoy pancakes and sausage prepared by the Copper Muggers and scrambled eggs and fruit cocktail with coffee, milk or orange juice. The auxiliary celebrated its 80th anniversary in August. All proceeds will go to support veterans causes.
Public invited to take Rachel's Challenge
Last year, T.F. South High School initiated Rachel's Challenge, a program to encourage kindness and tolerance in our schools and communities, inspired by Rachel Scott, the first victim of the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.
On Thursday, upperclassmen will take part in the second year of the program and freshmen will be introduced to the program. A "Friends of Rachel" Club was started after last year's program to continue Rachel's vision through various student projects.
That evening a program will be presented for the community at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. I attended the public program last year and would recommend it for anyone in the community who is able to make it. For more information, visit RACHELSCHALLENGE.ORG.
Park District plans Halloween festivities
Friday night the Lan-Oak Park District there will be som fun Halloween activities at Eisenhower Center, 2550 - 178th St. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Ghostly Games is offered for kids in fourth grade and younger with craft making and games. Cost is $5 per child.
For the older and braver, there is the Haunted Hallway. It's $2 per visit and starts out a little tamer then gets scarier as the evening goes on. The actors jumping out in different scenes are students from the T.F. South Drama Department.
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