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City of Chicago Veterans Day Ceremony 2014
November 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The ceremony will once again take place just inside Gate 0 of Soldier Field in front of the Doughboy statue. Along the wall are benches to provide seating and moments of reflection. The benches contain notable quotations regarding the efforts of those who serve our country. Actual Military Medals of Honor representing the various branches of the armed forces are cast into the backrests.
Soldier Field was named as such at the request of Gold Star Mothers to honor those men lost in World War I. The Doughboy statue, originally placed in Garfield Park, was restored and installed in Soldier Field as part of the stadium renovation. Doughboy is an informal term for a member of the United States Army or Marine Corps, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Veterans Day is the one day set aside to thank and honor living veterans who have served honorably in the military in wartime and peacetime. Originally known as Armistice Day and so declared by President Woodrow Wilson, it was created to mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. Following World War II, it was declared a day to honor all veterans and in 1954, renamed Veterans Day by Congress.
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time: 10 am
Location: Soldier Field, Gate 0, 1410 Museum Campus Drive Chicago, IL 60605
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Parking; FREE parking is available at the Waldron Parking Deck; exit at 18th Street from Lake Shore Drive.