Category: Military

Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Ingenuity helped Mike Wellington with driving in Vietnam

By John Montesano –  Mike Wellington is the Veteran of the Month for December, named by the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. He was born July 13, 1948 in Akron, Ohio. In 1959, the family moved to the Boulder Hill section of Montgomery. In 1967, he dropped out of school...

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Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic; Alaina Fleming, Rosary; Emma Gatz, Metea Valley; Shruti Kolli, Waubonsie Valley; Cassandra Kuissi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; and Araceli Mercado, West Aurora. Aurora Navy League 247 sponsors the annual luncheon to honor Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor Day luncheon in Aurora offers salute, awards

Ten Aurora area high school youths were honored with Brattin Community Service Awards at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. From left are Janice Sefah, Yorkville; Christina Schulenberg, Aurora Christian; Fabian Rangel, Marmion Academy; Javier Munoz, East Aurora; Robert McCarthy, Aurora Central Catholic;...

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Jeanne Ives speaker at Pearl Harbor day Dec. 10

Jeanne Ives, representative in the Illinois State House in the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon at the Gaslite Manor, Monday, Dec. 10. The annual luncheon is sponsored by the Navy League of Aurora Council 247. (The Voice incorrectly listed the date...

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DuPage Toys for Tots in Naperville

Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2018 DuPage County Toys for Tots program, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected at various locations through Sunday, Dec. 16. Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys....

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Reader’s Voice: Heroes Committee to help State veterans

November 16, 2018 Dear editor; I am proud to join governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s bipartisan “Serving Illinois’ Heroes” Committee, which will advise the incoming administration on issues of importance to our veterans. The previous administration’s shortcomings on serving veterans led to 14 deaths and countless illnesses at the Quincy Veterans’ home....

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The East Aurora High School Marching Band participates in the Aurora Veterans Day parade Sunday morning. The parade end site, at the GAR Memorial and Museum on Downer Place in Aurora, right, includes representatives of Roosevelt-Aurora Legion Post 84. Celebrations and ceremonies took place in many communities. See facebook.com/ thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Veterans Day 2018:

 The Aurora Veterans Day Parade end site, at the GAR Memorial and Museum on Downer Place in Aurora includes representatives of Roosevelt-Aurora Legion Post 84.  Celebrations and ceremonies took place in many communities. Click here to see the video.  Jason Crane/The Voice...

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First Midwest Veteran Town Hall in Aurora on Veterans Day

First Midwest Veteran Town Hall in Aurora on Veterans Day

Roosevelt Aurora Post 84 is a partner with Illinois Joining Forces to host a Veterans Day “Open Mic” Veterans Town Hall immediately following the Veteran’s Day Parade in Downtown Aurora.  The event will be held at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center after the conclusion of the Annual...

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Fox Valley Marine Corps League and Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will hold its Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps

Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps

On Friday, November 9, the Fox Valley Marine Corps League and Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will hold its Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps.  All Veterans and their families are invited to Aurora Food Pantry at 1110 Jericho...

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Aurora parade tribute to veterans

The city government of Aurora, with support from the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council (AVAC), will be host to the annual Veterans Day Parade at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. During the ceremony, veterans, to include mayor Richard C. Irvin, State representative Linda Chapa LaVia, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, and other...

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Bells in Naperville Nov. 15 for awareness

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and November 15 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. The Joseph C. Monastra (JCM) Foundation will recognize this global effort by sponsoring the illumination of the Moser Tower, 443 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, in purple and Tim Sleep will play the bells Thursday, Nov. 15 at...

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Postcards can brighten day of ailing veterans

Anyone can create a postcard to brighten the day of an ailing veteran during the Remembering Our Veterans exhibit at Oswego’s Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, just two blocks from Oswego’s downtown business district. Museum assistant Sarah Kimes will present Postcards for Veterans at the museum from 10...

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Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club Veteran of the Month: John Muschler

John Muschler military duty: The Philippines to England

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Breakfast Club named John Muschler the November Veteran of the Month. He was born, May 20, 1942 and raised in Aurora. He attended Nancy Hill and St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary Schools and was graduated from West Aurora High School, class of 1960. After...

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Honor 200 veterans revealed

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Bicentennial Office earlier this month revealed the recipients of Bicentennial HONOR 200 to honor the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois. “The Bicentennial HONOR 200 campaign is one of the most...

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Veterans’ homelessness decreases

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the veteran numbers from the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), revealing a 5.4% decrease in veteran homelessness since 2017. On a given night in the United States, 37,878 veterans are experiencing homelessness compared to 40,020 in 2017. Of those...

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Gifts from Home to thank active military from Aurora, deadline Nov. 16

Gifts from Home thanks Aurora residents who are actively serving in the military, at home or abroad, with a gift box that includes mixed nuts, Aurora memorabilia, and a card during the holiday season. The deadline to submit information is Friday, Nov. 16. To register an active member of the...

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Coincidences: Newspaper delivery to the U.S. Army in Seoul

Recently I was thinking about the days I was a newspaper delivery boy. Yes, younger readers, although I can’t speak for all worlds, there actually was a time in the history of our world when kids made money delivering newspapers. I wasn’t thinking about the newspapers, but about coincidences that...

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Rotary Club of Aurora meeting October 29, 2018 with Michael Meyer CEO of Fox Valley United Way

The 411 (information) about 211, available in Kane County November 1

Michael Meyer, CEO of Fox Valley United Way based in Aurora, presents information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse. He answered questions about 2-1-1, a free and confidential service that helps people across the U.S. and in many parts of Canada find the local...

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Jim Scott of Aurora presents pancake plates to Guadalupe Rios, right, and other East Aurora High School students who helped Aurora Noon Lions Club hold its annual Great Pumpkin pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Tomcats represented DECA Club and Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Noon Lions Club annual Great Pumpkin pancake breakfast

Jim Scott of Aurora presents pancake plates to Guadalupe Rios, right, and other East Aurora High School students who helped Aurora Noon Lions Club hold its annual Great Pumpkin pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Tomcats represented DECA Club and Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Al...

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Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in September 1947 by Technical Sergeant Earl K. Buchan. The team performed its first public exhibition December 10, 1948 in Aurora. February 2019, Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles JROTC Military Drill Team will be host to the annual Colonel Earl K. Buchan Invitational Drill Meet. Jason Crane/The Voice

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles drill team program in its 71st year

Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles four man tandem drill team demonstrates its skills at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Marmion Academy is a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men. The Marmion drill team, in its 71st year, officially was formed in...

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