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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the entire City will honor local and national veterans during this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Soldier Field.
The keynote address will be delivered by Brigadier General Kris A. Belanger, 85th Army Reserve Support Command. General Belanger assumed Command of the 85th Army Reserve Support Command on August 15, 2017. The unit is comprised of over 4000 Soldiers in 45 Battalions located throughout 25 states. During the last 27 years of service, she has held a variety of command and staff positions including her most recent assignments as the G-7 of the 80th Training Command and G-1 of the 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC).
The ceremony will take place in front of the statue of Doughboy, an informal term for a member of the United States Army of Marine Corps, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Soldier Field was named as such at the request of Gold Star Mothers to honor the men lost in World War I. The Doughboy statue, originally placed in Garfield Park, was restored and installed in Soldier Field as part of the stadium’s renovation. The nearby benches for moments of reflection contain notable quotations about service to country and actual Armed Forces Medals of Honor cast into the backrests.