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St. Bede Academy graduate speaks at Peru Veteran’s Day service

Posted by wlpo on November 11, 2014

Rows of school children wearing red, white and blue sat on the Peru Washington School gym floor before a man in army fatigues.

Chris Kerasotes is a sophomore at the University of Illinois where he’s in the ROTC. Though he is closer in age to the students, his heart is in the same place as the Peru Veteran’s Memorial Group at the Veteran’s Day service.

Kerasotes was the keynote speaker at Tuesday morning’s program. He says he joined the ROTC because of his family and patriotism and also so his siblings and friends wouldn’t have to experience war.

Kerasotes graduated from St. Bede Academy in 2012. He’s studying history and geography at U of I and will continue his military service after earning a Bachelor’s degree.

The Peru Veteran’s Memorial Group holds a service at Washington Park every year. The service was moved inside of the school due to the weather. Their next public military program will be for Pearl Harbor Day.1

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Plenty of chances to take in Veteran’s Day ceremonies

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2014

You can remember and thank a United States Veteran for their service at a Veteran’s Day service.  Ceremonies are being held throughout the Illinois Valley.

In Peru, the traditional service will by the Peru Veterans Memorial Group will be at 11am Tuesday inside of Washington School.  Normally the ceremony is held outside but it is being held inside this year due to the weather.

Ottawa and Streator’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies starts at 10:45am Tuesday. Veterans in Ottawa will gather at Washington Square and in Streator at City Park.  Mendota will also have a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11am Tuesday in Veteran’s Park.

Military veterans will join students and teachers Tuesday during LP High School’s second annual Veteran’s Day program.

The program begins at 10am in Sellett Gymnasium. If you are a veteran and would like to attend, call the high school principal’s office to have a seat saved.

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Veterans wanted to be recognized at L-P

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2014

Do you think kids get more out of Veteran’s Day by being out of school or being in school to learn about and honor vets in the classroom?

L-P is among a growing list of schools that don’t have Veteran’s Day off anymore. They instead are choosing to have a Veterans Day program at school Tuesday, November 11th.

If you or anyone you know is an L-P graduate or retired teacher that served in the military, the school wants a photo of them along with name, rank, branch of service and graduation year so they can be included in the Veterans Day slideshow.

There’s a form to fill out with information about each veteran so they can be recognized. You can find it at

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