Friday, November 4, 2011

Thank a Veteran

Friday, November 11th is Veteran's Day.  This year, as in last year, we are hosting a letter writing campaign.  Stop in anytime on Friday to write a letter to a soldier and have your child decorate and write a message to a soldier as well.  All year, the library has a collection bin on the first floor for items to be sent to soldiers.  Feel free to bring these items in when you come to write your letter.  Every little bit helps.

You can also come in to meet a veteran, get his or her autograph after you create your autograph book, and try on old military uniforms.

To give everyone in the United States a gift this year, the National Park Service has declared Veterans Day to be a 'free day' of admission.  I know what you are thinking.... there isn't a National Park in Illinois, so.... Why am I telling you about it?  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore just over the border from Illinois into Indiana is included in the 393 Parks offered for free admission.  Head there for a great adventure on your kids' day off.  Bring a picnic lunch and have a great time.

Don't have time to go or have other plans for this Veteran's Day?  The National Park Service also offers other 'free days' of admission.  Look here for more information, and get planning your summer vacation in the National Parks.  While you are there, you can learn about the important role Veterans have had in creating the National Parks.  Remember to thank a veteran.

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