Category: Veterans

Reader’s Voice: Free steak dinner to veterans June 22

June 8, 2018 Dear editor; The Kendall County Salute to Veterans wishes to show its appreciation for all veterans and active duty military by treating them to a free steak dinner, June 22 at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 IL Route 71, Yorkville. The dinner will be served from 5:30...

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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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On handling special orders in U.S. Army back in the day

Just as in years past around Memorial Day, I like to write a military-themed column, sometimes dealing with my illustrious military career, the last half of which was spent in the offices of U.S. Eighth Army Headquarters G-1 in Seoul, Korea. My fellow troopers and I were ready at a...

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Navy Veteran Herschel Luckinbill White Sox Hero of the Game

U.S. Navy veteran Herschel Luckinbill of Montgomery, waves to the crowd as the Hero of the Game at the Chicago White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago May 23. He is president of the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. Sean King for The Voice...

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Memorial Day observances, parades, ceremonies, listed

The Voice staff reports Memorial Day observances fill our communities. The following list has varied activities. All are designed to properly pay respects to the military members who died in action and once served and have passed. All of the observances will be Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, unless otherwise...

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Christopher Hess grand marshal Aurora parade

Lifelong Auroran, military veteran, and Bronze Star recipient, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Christopher Hess, this week was named grand marshal of the 2018 Aurora Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28. “SFC Hess has been in the military for nearly three decades and is still on active duty,” said mayor Richard...

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Events, Memorial Day, others, worthwhile investments

Memorial Day is more than an unofficial first day of Summer with picnics, barbecues, and family gatherings. The fourth Monday in May each year is for a sense of remembering, a memorial. We can pause for a few hours in some way to participate in a memorial. Remembering a loved...

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Herschel Luckinbill White Sox Hero of the Game

Herschel Luckinbill, Montgomery, president of the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, will be honored as the Sox Hero of the Game at the 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, May 23. Luckinbill, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class, will be acknowledged on the field...

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Memorial Day observances, parades, ceremonies, listed

The Voice staff reports Memorial Day observances fill our communities. The following list has varied activities. All are designed to properly pay respects to the military members who died in action and once served and have passed. All of the observances will be Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, unless otherwise...

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WWII Backman memorial Monday

There will be a short prayer service for Pearl Harbor casualty Walter H. Backman at Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place in Aurora at 1 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Click here for more information. At 1:30 p.m. a memorial procession will leave Healy Chapel go west on Downer...

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Presentation on Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Aurora

John Russell, grant writer for the city of Aurora, presents information about the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Aurora at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. The GAR Memorial Hall and Museum in Aurora, 23 E. Downer Place, is one of a...

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Ralph Fisher: Many skills, experiences, included submarines

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Ralph Fisher, the May 2018 Veteran of the Month. Ralph, born in Chicago October 21, 1944, was raised in Lombard, until he went into the Navy. After graduating high school, he attended Greer Tech in Chicago. He worked...

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ATF speaker at Aurora Navy

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, May 15 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery. The after dinner speaker will be Mr. Timothy W. Jones, assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm...

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