Veterans Day Parade
The City of Aurora and the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council will recognize the dedication of local military service men and women who have given to our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
The parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. from the corner of Broadway (Rt. 25) and Benton Street, and will travel north on Broadway, then west on Downer Place to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer, where the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony will take place. The ceremony will conclude with a military rifle salute at 11:11 a.m., the exact time the armistice was signed that ended World War I.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren, who served as a senior staff member under Army General David H. Petraeus.
An Illinois native, Borggren was appointed Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary in July 2014. Borggren previously was director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 2011 through 2014. As the agency’s director, Borggren oversaw a 1,300-person staff, dedicated to serving those who have served.
In her military career, Borggren served as a senior staff member for Army General David H. Petraeus during his time as commanding general in Iraq, at U.S. Central Command, and in Afghanistan. Prior to her time in the Middle East, Borggren served as an Army Medical Service Corps officer in Yongsan, South Korea. A Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, and the valedictorian of her West Point class. She holds post-graduate degrees in comparative social policy and theology from Oxford University.
Event parking will be available at any of the free City of Aurora parking lots throughout the downtown.
Visit the David L. Pierce Art & History Center for coffee and donuts after the Veterans Day parade and ceremonies. Sponsored by the City of Aurora. 11am. Free.