Category: Veterans

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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Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora Navy League Council 247. For the first time, World War II veterans were honored at the event. Al Benson/The Voice

Pearl Harbor survivor, Everett Schlegel of Elgin, meets luncheon keynote speaker:

Everett Schlegel of Elgin, a Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) survivor, is greeted by Jeanne Ive, Ill State representative, 42nd District, at the annual Pearl Harbor Day luncheon Monday at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. Ives, an Army veteran, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon sponsored by Aurora...

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Montgomery veteran Herschel Luckinbill an Illinois Bicentennial HONOR 200 recipient

Montgomery veteran Herschel Luckinbill an Illinois Bicentennial HONOR 200 recipient

Herschel Luckinbill, right, and wife, Eva Luckinbill, of Montgomery, pose for official photos Monday, Dec. 3 at the Illinois Bicentennial celebration at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. He was one of the veterans honored as the State 200 Illinois veterans. The United Center was another venue. SpotMyPhotos...

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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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Cantigny Park assists Midwest Shelter

Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, awarded a check for $10,000 to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) in Wheaton. The donation, presented on Veterans Day, represents net proceeds from the 15th annual Cantigny 5K Run/Walk November 3. The check amount included cash donations from participating...

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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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Richard Williams, Plainfield, a World War II veteran, talks to a group of veterans Sunday at the first Open Mic Veterans Town Hall in the Midwest at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center in Aurora. The event followed the Veterans Day parade in Aurora. Left is Jaime Martinez, executive director of Illinois Joining Forces, a host group. Right is former Marine Stephanie Kifowit. Jason Crane/The Voice

Veterans first Midwest open mic in Aurora on Veterans Day

By Jason Crane –  Roosevelt Legion Post 84 was a partner with Illinois Joining Forces to host Open Mic Veterans Town Hall following the Veterans Day parade in downtown Aurora Sunday, Nov. 11. The event was held at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. The town hall was...

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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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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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Joe McMahon speaker at Navy League

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of U.S. Route 30. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.. The after dinner speaker will be Kane County...

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Veterans Day salutes ample

Veterans Day community services and celebrations expand beyond the traditional November 11 events. Much of November can have special salutes to the U.S. military veterans. Parades and services will be held in most communities Sunday, unless otherwise specified. Here is information in communities: • The Aurora parade will step off...

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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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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Rest in peace Don Thompson; honors for Herschel Luckinbill

There are many good reasons to celebrate Veterans Day. This year, Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, celebrates 100 years since the armistice to officially end World War I. Those involved signed the peace treaty at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918. There...

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