Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Multi-Faith Veterans Gathering and Resource Sharing Scheduled Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This "breaking bread, restoring community" event over coffee for veterans will be held on Tuesday, June 26, from 1 to 3pm at 7649 N. Paulina St in Chicago, telephone - 773-262-2297.

Captain Groberg's story of "heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty"

Emigrating from France to the United States as a child, Florent Groberg is  the first immigrant in forty years to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor after he saved many lives by tackling a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars.

His story in this recently published book can be found on the library's 3rd floor at 958.1047 G87.

A full description of his citation and those of four other recent Medal of Honor recipients can be read at the website.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Recognizing the American Veterans of the "Forgotten War"

The blog was asked to publicize this Illinois  effort to lobby Congress for passage of legislation, the

H.R.5222 - Korean War Combat Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act

which would award  a  Congressional Gold Medal to combat veterans, 65 years after the signing of the 1953  armistice.

Oak Lawn Public Library Announces "Home and Abroad" WW I Exhibit Coming in October

a traveling exhibit from the National Archives about Americans in World War I

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Niles-Park Ridge VFW Post 3579 May 30 ,2018 Memorial Day Observance

Post Commander Frank Merkendorfer presided at the moving annual ceremony conducted by the Post in cooperation with the Village of Niles at 11am at the Niles Memorial Waterfall Plaza. Mayor Andrew Przyblo, visible to Frank's left, spoke of the fallen warriors as being " "blessed as peacemakers." Fire Chief, Martin Feld, also spoke eloquently as did a representative of the Police Department before the rifle salute and taps bought the program to a close. Local heroes and Veterans History Project participants present were John Bugajsky, Tom Davidson, Bette Horstman,  Dennis Nilsson, and Matthew Wojtaszek.  Niles Village trustees Denise McCreevey, Danette O'Donovan Matyas and Dean Strzelecki,were also in attendance as was former trustee Louella Preston.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

"The Odyssey of Echo Company" Captures SMA Award

Writer Doug Stanton was recognized by the Society of Midland Authors at their annual banquet on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, when they presented him with their 2018 Best Adult Nonfiction  award.
His book on the "1968 Tet offensive and the epic battle to survive the Vietnam War" is available in the collection of the Niles-Maine District Library on the 3rd floor at 959.70434 S792. SMA President Thomas Frisbie  presided and author-journalist Mary Wisniewski served as  Master of Ceremonies for the Society's 2018 Book Awards in recognition of best books published in 2017.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tuskeegee Airman Virgil Poole of Glenwood Needs Help

A follower of this blog has sent this link to the Channel Five story describing the war hero's plight as he faces foreclosure on his home in Glenwood, Illinois.

He also pointed out this link to a community appeal to help Mr. Poole.

Mr. Poole is a member of the Chicago "DODO" Chapter of the Tuskeegee Airmen.