Category: Veterans

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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Classic, modified, vehicles at LaSalle Auto Show Sunday in Aurora

Ten years ago, the Friends of LaSalle Street Auto Row conceived the idea of having an antique auto show to honor the rich tradition of LaSalle Street in Aurora. Three years ago, the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 became a partner with the group to provide honor and recognition for...

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Bold: Roller-blade travel; Serenity Park, LaSalle Auto Show

We do live in a wide world. There are many facets to our world if we wander and wonder. If we look around and absorb. There are examples from which to choose: • A 23-year-old woman feeds her desire to be distinctive and live in a world which receives kindness...

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Legislation passed to assist veterans

Bipartisan legislation championed by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, a Marine veteran, was signed into law recently to help correct the mismanagement that led to the deaths of 13 veterans in the Quincy Veterans Home. “It was clear during our legislative hearings that residents and staff were not properly notified...

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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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Sandwich American Legion Post 181 open Road ABATE ride

Legion Post 181 on open Road ABATE ride

Members from American Legion Riders Post 181 in Sandwich and Open Roads ABATE Chapter planned a bike ride July 22 with The Crooked Roof in Lanark, Chesty P’s in Polo, Happy Joe’s Pizza in Galena, and Iron Horse Saloon in Savanna, Illinois. These businesses were stops in the 2018 Open...

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Aurora Navy League Council 247 to hold annual picnic Aug. 21

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its annual picnic Tuesday, Aug. 21. The meeting will be held at the home of Sharon and Kent Catich, 2900 Tanner Road, North Aurora, to start at 5 p.m. and will finish at around 8 p.m.. The public is invited and you...

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Dave Krahn president Oswegoland Park District Oswego Veterans Serenity Park

Veterans Serenity Park in Oswego

Dave Krahn, left, president of the Oswegoland Park District, and chairman of the Oswego Veterans Serenity Park, talks with Chad Lockman, superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kendall County. They were together Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the unveiling of the grounds on Adams Street west of the Fox River....

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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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Veterans Serenity Park Announced in Oswego, Ill View from River Rendering

Veterans Serenity Park in Oswego Announced

Oswego area veterans organizations, community members, and the Oswegoland Park District have collaborated to form the Veterans Serenity Park Committee. This unique community partnership will continue with  plans to build Veterans Serenity Park, along the Fox River in Oswego. The Park will be on Adams Street at the north edge...

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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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World War II veterans pose for photos at the Kendall County Salute to Veterans steak fry

World War II veterans pose for photos. The Kendall County Salute to Veterans steak fry June 22 at the Kendall County Fair Grounds featured veterans of all ages, including World War II veterans. From left, first row, Ray Moore, Don Schindlbeck, Clarence Roth, Wayne Borneman; second row, Bob Johnson, Dick...

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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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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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