Posted: Nov. 9, 2018 10:50 pm
QUINCY — Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, known globally as Armistice Day. The United States also celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 11, recognizing military veterans who served in the Armed Forces. Groups throughout West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri are celebrating the holiday in various ways. Here are some of the events going on this weekend throughout the area:
Quincy Area ?Veterans Parade
The Quincy Area Veterans Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 11th annual parade will start at 12th and Maine and end at Fifth and Maine. The parade’s grand marshal is Jim Miller, a Vietnam War veteran from Hannibal, Mo., who was a helicopter pilot during his two tours in the Southeast Asian country.
Hannibal Veterans ?Day Parade
The Hannibal Veterans Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Save-A-Lot parking lot and will travel down Broadway before turning onto Main Street. The parade will briefly stop at Central Park and the Elks for the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the national anthem and a prayer.
Edward Harrison ?Perkins headstone dedication
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, the American Legion Post 37, the American Legion Auxiliary and Harrison Monuments will host a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenmount Cemetery for markers at the graves of Edward Harrison Perkins, a member of World War I’s all-black 804th Pioneer Infantry who died in a post-war ordnance explosion, and his mother, Fanny, a “Gold Star mother” who was buried next to him in 1937.
Armistice ?Day Program
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County will host a talk at 2 p.m. Sunday at the History Museum, 332 Maine Street.
“First Roads, First Families, Unknown Gangsters: The Times and Trials of Rural Adams” will be presented by Rosemary Tenvorde of Mendon. Tenvorde compiled a cemetery book, “Old Stone Church and New Providence Cemetery,” and will relate accounts of soldiers of four early wars buried in the cemetery.
Free clothing ?for vets
The Virgene Project is giving away free used clothing to veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. Veterans will be able to get gently used clothing, for men and women, if they bring their DD214 of Veterans Affairs card, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Jim Hobbins at 740-501-1015.