To honor and remember those who have dedicated their lives to defending our freedom and civil liberties, Veterans Day (which falls on Saturday) is a time for all Americans to thank and honor those who have selflessly served in our military during wartime and peacetime!

The city of Chicago will honor local and national veterans at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony being held at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., Gate O) in the South Loop at 11:00 a.m.  This ceremony includes a speaking program with the keynote address by The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy who grew up in Glenview.  McCarthy proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2002 and was involved in combat operations in Afghanistan.  Once again, this ceremony will take place in front of the Doughboy statue culminating with a wreath laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute, “Taps”, and the “Armed Forces Medley.”  For other Veterans Day Celebrations taking place in Chicago, click the link provided here!

After honoring our veterans, perhaps you would like to continue your weekend at one of these city events:

The following Macy’s Events will take place at the Macy’s on State Street (111 N. State St.) in The Loop this Saturday:  Family Fun Days (1:00 p.m., 5th Floor) where there will be face painting for the kids, balloon twisting, great music for the whole family, and a chance to make a take-home holiday craft; and Trim-A-Tree (2:00 p.m., 6th Floor) where you can learn how to decorate your holiday tree with festive lights, beautiful ornaments, garlands, and more. You can also enjoy some holiday music, sweet treats, a DIY station to create your very own holiday décor, and more!

This weekend only, the 13th annual Lycée Français de Chicago French Market will take place at the Lycée Français de Chicago (1929 W. Wilson Ave.) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  It’s a weekend of French inspired shopping with over 60 local and French artisans selling decorative and fine art, wood works, jewelry, apparel, accessories, and more!  There’s also a ticketed ($45) Saturday evening party (7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) for a lively night of food, wine, and fashion. The soiree includes 8 tastings of regional wines, 5 tastings of Half Acre Beer, a selection of fine cheeses, charcuterie, dessert, and a raffle ticket that could win you two Soirée tickets, specialty wine, or a vendor gift basket!!

The German International School Chicago cordially invites children of all ages and backgrounds to its 10th annual Laternenfest & St. Martin’s Parade at the DANK-Haus (4740 N. Western Ave.) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this Saturday.  This celebration of St. Martin’s Day will begin with lantern-making and other kid-friendly activities, continue with the lantern parade through Lincoln Square at dusk, and conclude with a brat dinner at the DANK-Haus around 6:00 p.m.!

Begin celebrating your holiday season at the Japanese American Service Committee’s Holiday Delight from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 4427 North Clark Street (JASC) in the Uptown neighborhood.  It’s a Children’s Festival and Craft Bazaar (Kodomo Matsuri) which has something for everyone with great food, performances, vendors, and demonstrations of Japanese dance & drumming!  And, there’s even a pre-Christmas visit from Santa Claus!!

THANK YOU to All Veterans and Their Families for My Freedom!  May God Bless You All!!