Vets dinner, special events on Nov. 11
News · November 08, 2013

A local group will host dinner for veterans and a special ceremony for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and a Hoover Complex show will feature women in the Civil War.

West Branch American Legion Chauncey Butler Post 514 will serve a potluck supper 5 to 8 p.m. Monday for veterans at West Branch United Methodist Church. The dinner is free.

At 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Legion will host a ceremony at Appreciation Park.

The Legion will also host events at Hoover Elementary, Crestview Nursing and Rehab, and Lemme Elementary in Iowa City.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., author and teacher Betty Carlson Kay will perform Three Women During the Civil War on stage at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

There is no charge to attend. This program is appropriate for people of all ages.

The Civil War comes to life during this first-person, costumed performance when Betty Carlson Kay portrays three women who lived in Illinois and experienced the Civil War.

The three characters include: • “Mother” Bickerdyke, one of the best-known and loved Civil War nurses from Galesburg who used her skills to improvise and cut through red tape to provide nursing care during a time when it was in short supply.

• Mrs. Julia Grant of Galena, wife of General Ulysses S. Grant and future First Lady, will describe the Victory Parade in Washington, D.C. at the war’s end.

• Jennie Hodgers of Belvidere, Illinois, enlisted in the Union Army and successfully hid her identity and fought as a man for three years.

Betty Carlson Kay is the author of 12 children’s books and retired from a 34 year teaching career.

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