News Release

November 2, 2011

Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations


Honor Veterans at Special Ceremony at Brookfield Zoo

      Brookfield, IL—To honor the men and women who have proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) invites the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo on Friday, November 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Free general zoo admission will be offered that day to all guests. (Parking and special exhibit fees will still apply.) 

The ceremony, which will take place just south of the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, will begin with a presentation by the Color Guard from Rickover Naval Academy—a Chicago Public School—followed by the singing of the National Anthem performed by The Arlingtones as well as the placing of a memorial wreath at the fountain. Glenn Granat, a curator for the Chicago Zoological Society as well as a U.S. Army veteran, will give a short talk entitled, “A Retrospective of the U.S. Military—the Revolution Through Present.”

In addition, a red-tailed hawk will make an appearance for a special Zoo Chat at the conclusion of the ceremony. Other special Zoo Chats will take place throughout the day.

The Chicago Zoological Society is proud to offer free general admission to Brookfield Zoo year-round to active, reserve, and retired members of the Armed Forces when a valid military ID is presented.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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