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Gallery: Veterans Day celebrations across southern Illinois

By Photography Staff

Air Force ROTC cadet Matthew Merdian, a senior studying aviation management, holds the American flag Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Vietnam veteran Calvin Scott, of Carbondale, plays taps alongside a 21-gun-salute Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Chancellor Carlo Montemagno speaks with members of the community Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, before the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Vietnam veteran Elmer Bradhorst, of Carbondale, waits while his vest is illluminatead Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. “This day – to me it means freedom,” Bradhorst said. “Today is what allows us to do what we do.” (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Carbondale mayor John “Mike” Henry offers remarks Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Members of the Air Force ROTC wait Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, before the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Members of the Army ROTC wait to begin a 21-gun-salute Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

Members of the Army ROTC Nov. 10, 2017, during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

An American flag and a poppy are pictured Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

An Anna-Jonesboro high school color guard member twirls a flag Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

Eliana Tellor, 4, and sister Madison Teller, 2, both of Anna, enjoy the the Veterans Day parade Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 on Mainstreet in Anna. (Athena Chrysathou | @Chrysant1Athena)

Nancy Regain, a home care aid, and friend Lucille Robertson, both of Anna, celebrate the Veterans Day parade Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, on Mainstreet in Anna. “They [Veterans] are everything,” Regain said. “They served our country to protect us. I love them very much.” (Athena Chrysathou | @Chrysant1Athena)

Lillah Williams, a retired golfer from Anna, watches the Veterans Day parade Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, on Mainstreet in Anna. Williams has been coming to the parade for 40 years and participated in it when she was in high school. “Veterans Day means protecting the life of our country and encouraging our country to be safe and sound,” Williams said. “Very very special people are Veterans.” (Athena Chrysathou | @Chrysant1Athena)

Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE
Members of the Sons of the American Revolution society march on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE
A Shriner’s member smiles at parade-goers Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE
Miss Cobden waves Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE
Goreville High School band members perform Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the City of Anna Veterans Day parade. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization ride a float Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, during the Veterans Day parade in Anna. (Athena Chrysathou | @Chrysant1Athena)

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