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Illinois honors vets on Veterans Day, care packages for active soldiers

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Giving thanks and saluting our military men and women. That's what Veterans Day is all about, and volunteers are doing it in fine style at a Fifth-Third Bank sponsored event at Union Station.

Employees volunteered their time Monday, making care packages to ship to deployed troops serving in Afghanistan. Good Day Chicago gave viewers a look at the process.

Festivities are scheduled across Illinois to honor veterans who served their country.

Chicago will host its 86th Annual Veterans Day Parade with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White as grand marshal. He's also a veteran. The event kicks off Monday morning at 9:30, from 43rd and King Drive.

Also, City Colleges of Chicago will hold veterans recognition ceremonies on its campuses.

Many schools will be closed Monday, including those in Chicago. It's also a U.S. Postal Service holiday and most government buildings will be closed.

More festivities will be held round the country Monday to honor the nation's veterans. In Springfield, a group of veterans will honor Purple Heart recipients at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Though the holiday is observed Monday, many communities held parades and ceremonies over the weekend.

President Obama officially commemorated Veterans Day Sunday in the nation's capital.

The president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He then observed a moment of silence in honor of the sacrifice made by our veterans.

Mayor Emanuel helped honor veterans of the Vietnam War on Sunday.

Dozens joined the mayor for the celebration at Memorial Park. His speech included a main message he wanted to deliver to veterans of every war.

Two severely wounded Illinois veterans also received new vehicles.

The Associated Firefighters of Illinois and the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 presented the vehicles on Veteran's Day to Army Ranger Tory Honda and Army Specialist Frank Pierson.

Honda is a single leg amputee who was wounded in Afghanistan, and Pierson lost both legs while fighting in Baghdad.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


FOX Chicago News has launched a new website aimed at helping veterans find jobs called

The website highlights content that FOX News, FOX Stations and FOX Business network are doing to help promote the cause.

It also has information to help veterans connect to potential employment opportunities as well as for employers who are looking to hire a veteran.

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