There's a lot of events happening to honor veterans around Central Illinois this weekend. Here's just a few:
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at VFW Post 2602 in Peoria Heights. Ninth annual Veterans Breakfast hosted by state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth.
8:30 a.m. Staging begins for the 65th Peoria Veterans Day Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. sharp at Bryan and Monroe streets near the Peoria Central Fire Station. The parade will travel down Monroe to Main Street, left on Main to Adams Street then left on Adams, concluding at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. A full military ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the World War I and II Memorial. The parade is sponsored and run by Quiet Pride Motorcycle Club.
11 a.m. AMVETS Post 64 at 237 NE Monroe St. in Peoria will be serving a free turkey dinner to all veterans following the parade. There will be a small charge for non-veterans, so all family members are welcome.
11 a.m. at the Tazewell County Courthouse Monument.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Luncheon at North Pekin AMVETS Post 169 at 660 Radio City Drive in North Pekin.
1 p.m. in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Auditorium, a program will honor veterans while expanding the conversation around the Vietnam War generated by the new PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Local Vietnam veteran Randy Prunty will discuss his service aboard a PBR patrol boat in Vietnam. At 2 p.m., Peoria musical duo Random Strangers, Steve Fairbanks and Chuck Mahieu, will play music of the Vietnam War era.