Category: Military

Montgomery Fest Parade Honored World War II Veteran Al Skyles

World War II Veteran Al Skyles Honored in Montgomery Fest Parade

Al Skyles, 94, in spite of Summer heat, uses an umbrella to shield the sun during Sunday’s Montgomery Fest parade. The World War II veteran was in the U.S. Navy and is a member of the VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery.  See the video of the parade at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason...

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Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club August Veteran of the Month Bob Mead

Radio operator Bob Mead turned to decorating, race cars

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Bob Mead the August Veteran of the Month. Charles Robert Mead was born April 30, 1940 and was raised in Oswego. At age eight, the family purchased a home in Oswego, the same house that Bob owns and...

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Fox Valley Newcomers Open House Aug. 15

To those who know someone who has gone through a life change because of: Retirement, loss of loved one, relocation, and is looking to connect to a great group of new friends? Bring them to the Fox Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Informational Open House! This special event will be Wednesday,...

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John Lindstedt recalls how the Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War

Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War

Milwaukee executive John Lindstedt, right, July 17 recalls how the Polaris missile submarine fleet helped win the Cold War. Lindstedt, U.S. Navy lieutenant (retired), was the speaker at the July dinner meeting of Aurora Navy League Council 247 at Grandma’s Table in Montgomery. Lindstedt served on the USS Kamehameha as...

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Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band

Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band plays in concert at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, July 4

The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Band plays in concert at RiverEdge Park in Aurora Wednesday, July 4 as part of the festivities. Later in the evening the fireworks were postponed by lightning in the sky and are set for Friday, July 27. Independence Day photos were in The Voice...

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Inaugural Armed Forces Run will be August 4

The American Legion Riders from Post 181 in Sandwich and Post 489 in Yorkville will be host to Armed Forces Run, 150 miles, Saturday, Aug. 4, to benefit Gifts to the Yanks Who Gave. Registration will be the day of the event at the Sandwich VFW, 713 S. Main Street,...

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Profound impression: Historical visit

By John Montesano –  For the past three years, The Voice has allowed me to write a feature story of a military veteran each month. It has been my privilege to obtain and tell these stories. Due to vacation plans, this month’s feature is not about a specific veteran, but...

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Polaris Missile Submarine Aurora Navy League topic

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, July 17 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of U.S. Route 30. The after-dinner speaker will be Lieutenant John Lindstedt, USN (Ret.) whose topic will be The 41 For Freedom: How the Polaris...

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U.S. Air Force Band Plays Sunday

There will be a free concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Fox Valley Kicker Club, 1015 Harvey Road, Oswego. The band Starlifter, a United States Air Force Band, is a seven-piece group of talented Airmen-musicians. The group performs virtually every musical idiom, from rock and...

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U.S. Air Force Band Concert July 1

There will be a free concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Fox Valley Kicker Club, 1015 Harvey Road, Oswego. The band Starlifter, a United States Air Force Band, is a seven-piece group of talented Airmen-musicians. The group performs virtually every musical idiom, from rock and...

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Eleven 14th District students set to attend service academies

Back row, left to right: Eubin Kim, Hawthorne Woods, (U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Ma.); Joseph Moore, McHenry, (U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.); James Stefo III, Antioch, (U.S. Air Force Academy); Sean Adams, Batavia, (U.S. Air Force Academy); congressman Randy Hultgren; Brennan Hare, Sugar Grove, (U.S. Merchant...

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Request: Emotional-support chickens in Montgomery

Montgomery resident Luke Villotti spoke at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday regarding his emotional-support chickens in the back yard of his home in the 2900 block of Shetland Lane. He said there has been a lot of conjecture, misinformation, and bias about his emotional-support animals. He said he served...

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Representative Linda Chapa LaVia: Rebuild Quincy Home

Continuing her efforts to respond to the Legionnaires outbreak crisis at the Quincy Veterans Home, State representative Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, voted to fund reconstruction of the facility, as well as to require the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to begin submitting a biannual report on the health and welfare...

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Jim Lambert: Many detours, many jobs, in U.S. Army

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club named James “Jim” Lambert the June veteran of the month. He was born June 28, 1935 on a farm near Lombard. He was graduated from Glenbard High School and enlisted in the Army in December 1953. He went to Fort...

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Aurora Navy League meeting Tuesday

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday. The meeting will be held at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of Route 30. The after dinner speaker will be Brian M. McKnight, special agent in charge (SAC) of the Chicago Field Division...

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Ken Olson, Post 84, unwavering commitment

Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 commander Mike Eckburg, at the regular monthly Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84 meeting, acknowledged a World War II veteran for his unwavering commitment to honoring the fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Every year since Ken Olson had joined the Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post...

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Kendall salute to veterans will be June 22

The Kendall County Salute to Veterans will show its appreciation for all veterans and active duty military by treating them to a free steak dinner, Friday, June 22, at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 State Route 71, Yorkville. The program will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner...

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Memorial Day prayer service for Walter Backman prelude to Interment at River Hills Cemetery

Pallbearers carry the casket from the Healy Chapel in Aurora following a prayer service for Walter Backman Monday, Memorial Day, to a hearse. Backman, of the U.S. Navy, died December 7, 1941 in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains recently were identified and flown to Illinois for burial...

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Memorial Day in Aurora, Illinois

Salutes for the East Aurora NJROTC color guard Memorial Day Monday start the annual Aurora parade. Click on the link for more Memorial Day photos from Aurora, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego.   Click here for a video of the Memorial Day pre-parade ceremony and parade. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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