77th Annual Veterans Dinner

77th Annual Veterans Dinner
77th Annual Veterans Dinner
Who: Winnebago County Veterans Association, Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum
Where: Giovanni’s Restaurant 610 N. Bell School Rd. Rockford, Illinois 61107
When: Saturday, November 4th, 2017- 5:30 PM
What: 77th Annual Veterans Dinner
The Veterans Dinner has been a tradition in Rockford for over 75 years. It has brought together for one evening people from the government sector, the private sector and Veterans from all walks of life to honor the Veterans in our community.
This year’s keynote speaker is COL (Ret.) Steven A. Baker, Scorpion Battalion SAI, Colonel Baker started his military career after being commissioned as an Engineer Officer in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Following initial training at Ft Belvoir, Virginia, he was assigned to a mechanized engineer battalion in Germany as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Operations Officer.  After supporting OPERATION DESERT STORM, he returned to CONUS for advanced schooling, and went on to command a line airborne engineer company and the Advanced Airborne School in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He was then chosen for a graduate program in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida, after which he served with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Resident Engineer in NJ, Macedonia, Kosovo and Greenland. His major awards include:  the Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (5), and the Army Achievement Medal. 
Why November 11, 1918, is regarded as the end of “THE WAR TO END ALL WARS”. World War one, The Great War officially ended when the treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. however, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH.
The United States congress officially recognized the end of WORLD WAR ONE when it passed a resolution on JUNE 4, 1926, with these words:
The 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed. It is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace though good will and mutual understanding between nations.
Social hour and cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The Veterans Dinner Program will follow dinner. This year we will be offering a choice of three entrée’s, Turkey, Fish or Vegetarian. Please make your selection at the time of ticket purchase.
Tickets are available at a cost of $280 per table of 8 or $35 each. To purchase tickets contact Scott Lewandowski at (815) 969-1999.