Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell is coming to Rockford to headline a new event paying tribute to our veterans.

Bergstom and The Salvation Army of Winnebago County are behind an event called Stars and Stripes: A Salute to Our Veterans set for Saturday, October 10 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Organizers say the evening will include live entertainment intermixed
with ceremonial moments and programming designed to inspire a sense of pride,
appreciation, and renewed fellowship and community among the audience of veterans.

Gen. Powell will be the keynote speaker. He's a four-star general who has held numerous senior military and diplomatic posts across four presidential administrations including those of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Perhaps the best thing about the event is that it is free to all veterans
throughout the Rockford region and a guest. For reservations or more information about
the event, veterans are encouraged to visit or call 1-800-254-
9767 to assure a spot.