Brookfield, IL—To honor the men and women who have proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) invites the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center on Tuesday, November 11. On Veterans Day, admission to the zoo is free for all guests (parking fees still apply.)

Prior to the ceremony, members of the Jesse White Tumblers will perform outside on the Discovery Center plaza from noon to 12:30 p.m. Following from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.cadets from Hubbard High School Army JROTC will perform a precision drill also on the plaza. Then at 12:45, cadets from the District 131 Aurora East Navy JROTC will present an armed drill demonstration for guests.

The 1 p.m. Veterans Day ceremony will begin with a presentation and placing of the wreath by the Women’s Veterans United Honor Guard followed by singing of the National Anthem. Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of CZS and Karen Yarbrough of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds will welcome guests and make a few comments. In addition, veterans of the 82nd Airborne Division, who participated in the liberation of the concentration camps during World War II, and members of the Tuskegee Airmen will be recognized.

Following the ceremony, guests are invited to meet some of Brookfield Zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a red-tailed hawk and tamandua (small anteater).

Additional activities will include display booths where veterans and active-duty military men and women can find information from a variety of organizations, including the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office. Representatives will be on hand to enroll those interested (bring military identification) in the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program. This new initiative, which is jointly administered by Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the County Department of Veterans Affairs, features a network of business and merchants that are offering money-saving discounts and incentives to Cook County veterans and active-duty military as a way of showing gratitude for their service. Those unable to attend Brookfield Zoo on Veterans Day can still sign up for the discount program by visiting the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office at 118 N. Clark, Room 120, Chicago. For more information about the program, visit

The Chicago Zoological Society is proud to offer free general admission to Brookfield Zoo year-round to active, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces when a valid military ID is presented.

This event is hosted by staff members of the Society’s Arcoiris group, whose mission is to achieve organizational excellence through diversity.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service. For more information, visit