Veterans Day activities in downtown Aurora on Nov. 11

City of Aurora Parade

A SALUTE TO VETERANS: The City of Aurora, with support from the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, will host the annual Veterans Day Parade beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019.

The theme is “Serving Our Country and Community” in honor of all veterans who had made an immeasurable impact on America and Aurora because of their selfless commitment to serve in the military and in the community.

Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Rodriguez, a former United States Navy aviator, has traveled the world the last decade and a half serving his country and helping others. He will return home this weekend to speak at the annual Aurora Veterans Day Parade. 

With the theme ‘Serving Our Country and Our Community,’ the parade will step off at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, November 11 from the intersection of Benton Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Aurora. The route will travel north on Broadway, west on Downer and conclude at the GAR Memorial, 23 E. Downer Place, where a special ceremony will feature remarks by Mayor Richard C. Irvin, a veteran of the United States Army, and other local leaders with a keynote address by Rodriguez. 

Book signing

Author and Aurora native Brent Peterson will greet the public and sign copies of his book, Once Upon A Lifetime, The Epic True Story of Corporal William Wesley Bennett, USMC,  on November 11, 2019 at the Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505. 

The event will take place immediately following the Veterans Day parade which is due to step off at 10:15 am at Benton and Broadway streets and conclude at the reviewing stand in front of the GAR Memorial Museum and Pierce Art and History Center.

The city and historical society will be serving coffee and donuts at the Pierce Center from 9am. 

Copies of the book, which has been praised as one of the most detailed accounts of Marine action ever written, are available online at www.aurorahistory.net or at the gift shop.  Shop hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, Noon-4pm.   The shop will also be open Veterans Day from  9am-1pm.  Cost is $18 plus tax, with a 10% discount to historical society members.