MATTOON — A Veterans Day concert, parade, ceremony and flagpole dedication are planned on Monday in Mattoon.

The events will start with the Mattoon Community Concert Band performing a concert in the Lone Elm Room at the train depot, 1718 Broadway Ave.

Director Jessica Closson said the band will perform "America the Beautiful," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America," and other patriotic music.

"The concert will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes so that everyone can then head out to Broadway Avenue to enjoy the parade," Closson said.

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The parade will start at 10 a.m. Registered entrants are asked to start lining up at 9 a.m. in their assigned blocks along Western Avenue west of 21st Street.

— South side, 21st and Western: VFW color guard, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Post 88, VFW truck and trailer, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Toledo American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

— North side, 21st and Western: Knights of Columbus color guard, JROTC, Mattoon High School band, Coles County Veterans Support Coalition, Daughters of the American Revolution, MHS band.

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— South side, 22nd and Western: Truth and Grace Fellowship, Bagelfest royalty, Salvation Army, Coles County Sheriff's Office, Miss Coles County royalty, Mattoon Middle School band.

— North side, 22nd and Western: Santa and Mrs. Claus, First Baptist Church, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, American Royal Beauties 2019 royalty.

— South side of 23rd and Western: Miss Mattoon royalty.

— North side of 23rd and Western: Mattoon fire truck, Lincoln Fire Protection District and Auxiliary.

The parade will travel east through downtown on Western and then Broadway before concluding at Sixth Street at the southwest corner of Peterson Park.

Mattoon's American Legion and VFW posts will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Coles County Vietnam memorial at this corner of the park. The speaker will be Legion finance officer Mike Weaver, who is a former state representative.

At noon, the Mattoon Exchange Club will hold a dedication ceremony for the restored flag pole and Freedom Shrine at the Mattoon Library. The Mattoon High School JROTC color guard will raise the flag during this ceremony.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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