Addison Trail hosts annual Veterans Day Luncheon

On Nov. 2, Addison Trail hosted its annual Veterans Day Luncheon to honor and thank those who have served/plan to serve in the U.S. military.

Veterans Day honors the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day. District 88 (Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools) remains open on this day to help ensure students learn about the significance of this event.

Veterans from the Addison Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7446, the Addison Police Department and the Addison Fire Protection District attended the luncheon. Participants watched a video and saw a display in the school’s Library Media Center that featured photos and items of veterans from Addison.

The Addison Trail Veteran Service Organization (ATVSO) helped coordinate the event, and members Natalia Loncar and Nathaniel Elakkatt (both juniors) welcomed the crowd, along with Principal Jack Andrews.

Throughout the year, ATVSO hosts a “Flags for Addison” project. Through that fundraiser, community members can make a $50 donation to have a flag placed in the yard at their business or home. Flags are placed from sunup to sundown on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Sept. 11 and Veterans Day. Proceeds benefit the groups that help deliver the flags and also help fund a scholarship to send Addison Trail students to Washington, D.C., for educational programming. For questions or more information about “Flags for Addison,” contact Addison Trail social studies teacher and ATVSO adviser LeVonne Cescolini-Boyer at or 630-628-3347.