Downtown Litchfield Will Host Veterans Day Parade

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The annual Veterans Day parade will be held Monday, Nov. 11, in downtown Litchfield.

Parade lineup will be at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. on State Street and will end at VFW Post #3912. The parade will consist of marching bands, veterans, classic vehicles, floats and military vehicles.

At 11 a.m., the VFW Post #3912 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at Post Hall, 215 W. Ryder Street. The speaker of the event will be Roger L. Kratochvil.

Kratochvil was born in White City on May 10, 1938, the son of Louis and Norma Kratochvil. He had two brothers, Louis (Junior) and Donnie, who are both deceased, and a sister, Mary Ann.

A graduate of White City Grade School in 1952, he graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1956 and Eastern Illinois University in 1960. 

He holds two master degrees, one in secondary education in history from Southern Illinois University in 1996, and the other in educational administration from the University of Illinois in Springfield in 1984.

He has been married for 56 years to the former Mary Scheller. They are the parents of Jane, the president and founder of Infinite Connections, an e-rate consulting company, and Tim, the principal of Pawnee Junior and Senior High School. They are the grandparents of two boys, Jack age 17, Luke age 15, and granddaughter, Olivia age ten.

Kratochvil is presently the first and only president of the Mt. Olive schools' Academic Foundation, which was founded in 1996. He is a former chairman of the Macoupin County Housing Authority and now a commissioner, and is a retired board trustee of Eastern Illinois University, serving as chairman twice.

He has chaired the annual Christmas Celebrity Bell Ringers for the Mt. Olive Food Pantry, and serves on a Meals on Wheels delivery team with his wife.

A member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive, he has served in numerous capacities, including chairing the committee for the 150th anniversary of the church.

He was inducted into the Illinois High Schools Coaches Hall of Fame in 1980, and also into the Eastern Illinois University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. 

His son, Tim, was recently inducted into the Southern Illinois University–Carbondale Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2019.

He has served as a member of the College Advisory Commission for Lincoln Land College and has been the chairman of the Macoupin County Sheriff's Scholarship Selection committee since 1986.

Everyone is invited to stay for food, refreshments and fellowship after the ceremony.

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