11/11/2011 11:21 am ET | Updated Jan 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2011: Chicago Area Heroes Honored In Their Communities (PHOTOS)

As U.S. celebrates Veterans Day, HuffPost Chicago has teamed up with area Patch sites to bring you stories of local men and women who have served their country over the years.

Check out the slideshow below, and please feel free to add photos and stories of the Chicago-area veterans in your life and tell us why you are proud of them.

Veteran's Day 2011