Category: Veterans

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Andy Aurora patch for veterans

The Aurora Historical Society is offering a local-themed clothing patch for veterans and their supporters. The patch features Andy Aurora, the 1964 brand image for the city, decked out in camouflage instead of his signature red color, and proclaiming “I’m a vet from Aurora, Illinois and proud of it!” The...

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Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

Tom Mlynek served in the Tin Can Navy, saw the world

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club has named Tom Mlynek the October Veteran of the Month. He was born April 24, 1947 in Chicago. He grew up in McKinley Park, was graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and earned an associates degree at Wright Junior College....

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Tony Berg World War II Veteran celebrating his 100th birthday

Tony Berg, World War II Veteran, celebrates 100th birthday

Tony Berg, seated, receives honors for serving in World War II and celebrating his 100th birthday September 25 in a celebrations of senior DeKalb County veterans. Standing are Steve Berg, son of Tony Berg; Cliff Oleson, Open Roads ABATE; Rob Halvax, Open Roads ABATE; Larry Aska; and Ken Smith. The...

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Aurora Navy League meeting Tuesday

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting will be 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...

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World War II commander Donald Thompson, U.S. Navy

Don Thompson, Hero:

World War II commander Donald Thompson, U.S. Navy, offers a salute between innings of the Chicago Cubs baseball game at Chicago White Sox Saturday, Sept. 22. The Montgomery resident was introduced at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago as the Hero of the Game for his military service. He is a...

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Veterans Day parade November 11 in Aurora

The Aurora Veterans Day parade and ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 11. The parade will step-off at the corner of Benton and Broadway at 10:15 a.m., and end at the G.A.R. Memorial Hall, where the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony will take place. The ceremony will include a military rifle...

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Wayne Johnson

Saga of kids, trains, and collecting coal from engines

While reading the column by The Chas (Charles Coddington) in the September 27 issue of The Voice (click here for article) about his early fascination with trains, it got me thinking about some broccoli I ate last night. No. I did think about it, but that’s not what I’m referring...

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Stephanie Kifowit and Fran Caffee recipients of Tenth Annual Women’s Power Lunch awards

By Jason Crane –  For a nearly a decade, the Women’s Power Lunch has honored women who do amazing things in the Fox Valley area. State representative Stephanie Kifowit received the 2018 Woman Of Power Award, Thursday, Sept. 20 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. Fran Caffee was honored with the...

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Jim Jenkins restores and repairs the sculpture on the New York Street Memorial Bridge in Aurora named Memory

Restore and repair

Jim Jenkins restores and repairs the sculpture on the New York Street Memorial Bridge in Aurora named Memory. The sculpture was dedicated November 11, 1931 as a memorial to the U.S. military members who died in World War I. Jenkins designed and made the Deus ex Machina sculpture at the...

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Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department host Aurora’s annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony at the Aurora Police Department

Solemn remembrance:

A salute to the color guard. The Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department host Aurora’s annual September 11 Memorial Ceremony at the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Trail Tuesday. Marking the 17th anniversary of the tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the ceremony included a...

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Naperville September 11, 2001 memorial ceremony Tuesday evening reflects the solemn occasion at the Commander Dan Shanower Memorial

Commander Dan Shanower Memorial in Naperville

The Naperville September 11, 2001 memorial ceremony Tuesday evening reflects the solemn occasion at the Commander Dan Shanower Memorial behind the Naperville Municipal Center. The memorial was inspired by Naperville native Naval Commander Dan Shanower, who died in the attack on the Pentagon. Dedicated on September 11, 2003, the memorial...

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The late mayor emeritus of Naperville, George Pradel, receives a final tribute, Monday. Members of the community join Washington Junior High School students on Washington Street in Naperville in front of the bronze statue of George Pradel (A. K. A. Officer Friendly), for a funeral procession to various locations through the City as one final tribute to the former police officer and mayor. Jason Crane/The Voice

The late mayor emeritus of Naperville, George Pradel, receives a final tribute

The late mayor emeritus of Naperville, George Pradel, receives a final tribute, Monday. Members of the community join Washington Junior High School students on Washington Street in Naperville in front of the bronze statue of George Pradel (A. K. A. Officer Friendly), for a funeral procession to various locations through...

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Naperville Responds For Veterans (NRFV) members, from left, Kelly Connell, Dan Jurjovec, Warren Dixon III, and Patrick Bowler, pose for a photo. The organization offers help to veterans in need from donations. John Montesano photo

Naperville Responds For Veterans renders assistance

By John Montesano –  Veteran of the Month is taking a break in September and will return in October. Instead, here is information on Naperville Responds For Veterans. Naperville Responds For Veterans (NRFV) assists veterans and their families in need, especially those with low- and moderate-income, by raising donations of...

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Marine veteran Alyssa Michelle receives help with a vehicle for her family, including her four kids. Those who helped include, from left, Mike Lee, president of the Kane County Teacher's Credit Union; Linda Chapa LaVia, State representative; Sherry Tatar, Alyssa's aunt; Alyssa Michelle Tatar; Jason McKie, Jason McKie Foundation, former Chicago Bears player; Michelle Novak-Cianferri; and Glen Muller, owner of Muller Acura of Merrillville, Ind.. Jessica Gonzales photo

Help for Marine veteran and Mother Alyssa Michelle

Marine veteran Alyssa Michelle receives help with a vehicle for her family, including her four kids. Those who helped include, from left, Mike Lee, president of the Kane County Teacher’s Credit Union; Linda Chapa LaVia, State representative; Sherry Tatar, Alyssa’s aunt; Alyssa Michelle Tatar; Jason McKie, Jason McKie Foundation, former...

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Navy League Council 247 speaker Captain Raymond C. Leung, commanding officer, Naval Station Great Lakes

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of Route 30. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.. The dinner includes a choice of three entrees, fish,...

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Naperville mayor George Pradel

George Pradel Sept. 5, 1937 to Sept. 4, 2018

Here are comments from Naperville mayor Steve Chirico on the death Tuesday morning of George Pradel, former police officer and former mayor of Naperville: “George Pradel was the kind of community-focused individual that blesses a town once in a lifetime. His name will forever be remembered in our City, and...

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Combined help provides vehicle to mom of four

The Jason Mckie Foundation, in conjunction with Allstate Insurance Military and Veteran Programs, Illinois representative Linda Chapa LaVia, and the Muller Automotive Group, will give a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to a former Marine and single mom of four, Alyssa Tatar. Tatar, who has been without her own reliable transportation,...

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Charles Coddintgon

The Chas delineates his military experience

If you have been following Wayne Johnson’s contributions to this publication, dear reader, you will know that he has spent some time in the military. By all accounts, it was a rich and rewarding experience, and he has cherished it ever since. Sadly, the same cannot be said of my...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Many delights: Ukulele Festival to the LaSalle Auto Show

Festivals, shows, events, and various activities are a part of our communities’ scenes. Continually. Perpetually. Joyously. The calendar is crowded with delightful and important events, some annual and successful events, and some inaugural occasions. The City of Lights Ukulele Festival will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on...

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