News Release

November 2, 2012
Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations


Veterans Day 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 Sunday, November 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. On Veterans Day, all veterans will receive free general zoo admission with valid ID (parking and in-park attraction fees still apply.)

The ceremony, which will take place just south of the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, begins with a presentation by the Color Guard from Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School—a Chicago Public School—followed by the singing of the National Anthem performed by The Arlingtones Four, who will also perform other patriotic songs.

Afterwards, two Chicago Zoological Society volunteers and veterans, Dottie and Lloyd Ander, will place a memorial wreath by the fountain. Dr. Stuart Strahl, the Society’s president and CEO, will be making brief remarks during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony, Zeus, one of the zoo’s bald eagles, will make a special appearance with his zookeepers for a special Zoo Chat. Other informal chats will take place throughout the day, including a lion chat at 12:30 p.m., a grizzly bear chat at 2:15 p.m., and a bison chat at 2:45 p.m.

Also present will be a service dog accompanied by a representative from Canine Companions for Independence, who will be available to answer questions about the organization and its Wounded Veteran Initiative.

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. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Open every day of the year, the 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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