Looking for a Veterans Day ceremony that’s open to the public? There are at least two choices on Friday, Nov. 11, both in Brookfield.
At 11 a.m., you can join members of the Brookfield VFW Post 2868 at Veterans Memorial Circle, Broadway and Maple avenues, for a solemn ceremony honoring veterans of the Armed Forces throughout the years.
Following the ceremony, members of the post will reassemble at Brookfield’s main fire station at 9001 Shields Ave. for the disposal of the VFW post’s garrison flag.
Or, you could join Chicago Zoological Society staff in honoring veterans on Nov. 11 at the Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Ave. in Brookfield. Zoo admission is free for all guests, though parking rates still apply.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can view military memorabilia from the Revolutionary War to the present. A military vehicle will also be on display.
At 1 p.m., a Veterans Day ceremony will feature the posting of colors and a performance of the National Anthem, followed by remarks by Rich Gamble, senior vice president of operations and safety for the Chicago Zoological Society.
After the ceremony, there will be entertainment courtesy of the Jesse White Tumblers. Also present at the event will be staff from Honor Flight Chicago and the Wounded Warriors Project.
Representatives from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds will be at the zoo to enroll anyone who is interested in the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program (military ID is required).