Tuesday, November 22, 2016

10th Annual Veterans History Project Breakfast

took place in the Large Meeting Room of the Niles Public Library on Friday, November 4, as 22 of the community's heroes assembled on stage for the now customary roll call. The majority of the veterans have contributed a memoir of their service years to the national Veterans History Project coordinated by the Library of Congress. Their interviews can be read via the library's web page.

Standing from the left in the back are Fred Ziegler, Gary Warner, Henry Webber, and Russell Zapel.
Sitting from the left in the back row of chairs are Bernard Warchol, Ken Radnitzer, Art Shapiro, Kenneth Lee, Jack Weinberg, Rolf Hellman, Bill Shipp and Ray Marchetta. Sitting from the left in the first row of chairs are Richard Englund, Charles Matz, Pat Gerard, Matthew Wojtaszek, Bette Horstman, Irv Abramson, Ira Graham, Judith Carlson for Norman Berkman, and David Besser. Sitting on the stage is Celine Tymczuk for Walter Tymczuk. Other veterans in attendance were Mort Ellenbogen, Dan Gloor, Mike McNulty, Stu Kohler and Marv Winer.

Library Director and "Commanding Officer" Susan Dove Lempke again welcomed the guests of honor and introduced Eagle Scout Dan Tagliere who had refinished the memorial benches in the veterans walkway in time for the breakfast. After Mrs. Lempke announced the donation of $500 to Honor Flight Chicago by the Friends of the Library, she asked Dan to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. After breakfast, the Legacy Girls as the Andrews Sisters again delighted the audience of 83 patrons winding up with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" as they began "He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Unified Niles VFW Post 3359 Observes 1st Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 11am

The former Park Ridge 3359 Post and  Niles VFW 7712  Post  joined forces this year to form
 Niles VFW Post 3359. 

Trustee George Alpogianis represented the Village.

Past Commander James Kozak laid the wreath.

Korea Veteran John Bugajsky stands in the middle of the color guard
.while  Angelo Troiana  appears in lower left.