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Veterans Day at Cantigny Park

Indoor luminaria tribute and presentation by "Lost Sketchbooks" author.

Cantigny Park and the First Division Museum will commemorate Veterans Day with a luminaria tribute inside the museum beginning on Nov. 11 at 10 am. The museum will light approximately 1,300 luminary candles throughout its lobby, exhibit galleries and courtyard. This is the eighth year for Cantigny’s candlelight tribute to fallen soldiers and all military veterans. It is the first year, however, for the display to be primarily indoors. In addition, information about PTS and veteran suicide will be available as the museum seeks to raise public awareness of these important issues facing our nation’s soldiers and vets. As always, admission and parking at Cantigny are complimentary on Veterans Day. The First Division Museum will offer extended hours, remaining open until 9 pm. In the Visitors Center, at 6:30 pm, author Rex Passion will discuss "The Lost Sketchbooks: A Young Artist in the Great War." Published in 2014, the book is based on the work of Corporal Edward Shenton, who during World War One always had a sketchbook in his pack, in his pocket or under his helmet. His artistry, however, remained packed away for 90 years until passion, working with Shenton’s son, brought it back to life. Cantigny guests are sure to appreciate this fascinating story. Food and drink will be available for sale, as will copies of “Lost Sketchbooks.” The First Division Museum invites everyone to Tweet a photo of an active soldier or veteran they wish to thank or remember on Veterans Day. Photos received will be projected in the museum's lobby on November 11. Photos are needed by noon on November 10. Use hashtags ‪#‎TweetToThank ‪#‎FirstDivisionMuseum Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion will host tables at the museum and Visitors Center. The Cantigny Shop and Bertie’s Coffee Shop will be open throughout the evening. Visitors are invited to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or hot chocolate at the First Division Museum from 5-9pm.