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Celebrate the Italian Air Force’s centennial on Nov. 21!

The Italian Air Force is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the Aeronautica Militare has assembled a sweeping exhibit that will be available for a private viewing on Nov. 21 in the Chandelier Room at Casa Italia in Stone Park. The exhibit comprises 36 4-foot by 8-foot panels, organized into a timeline, and every square […]
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Park District to host ice skating event for Veterans

The Chicago Park District will host a Veteran and Family Ice Skating Event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western Ave. The free event includes ice skate rental. Families of up to four are welcome, with a minimum age of 4 years old. Adults must be with their children on […]
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Wreaths Across America heads for Arlington

Considered the country’s longest Veterans’ parade, Wreaths Across America’s annual “Escort to Arlington” kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023.  The caravan of trucks and cars will travel down the East Coast from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver thousands of wreaths on Dec. 16 for National Wreaths Across America Day. Wrapped vehicles transporting Gold and Blue Star families, […]
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Call goes out for holiday stocking stuffers

Operation Support Our Troops is once again issuing a call for stocking stuffers to be delivered to the men and women who are serving their country around the world during the holiday seasons. Items include gift cards, packaged food items, playing cards, zip lock bags and much, much more. For more, click here.
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Poet to capture Vietnam experiences in verse

Not long ago, a Vietnam Veteran asked poet Terri Whitney if she would consider writing a book of poetry based on the stories of those who served during that war. After careful consideration and conversations with friends and Veterans, she has decided to accept the challenge. To find out about Terri, her interview process and her book, email
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Illinois Joining Forces acts to connect Vets

As Veterans Day approaches and the holiday season draws near, Illinois Joining Forces is proud to unveil its latest initiative, Operation Connect-A-Vet as part of Operation Connect Illinois CARES.  The program provides a streamlined avenue for friends and family to arrange wellness calls, ensuring Veterans are doing well and connected with a dedicated team ready to assist them with housing, […]
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Tour group pays moving visit to Normandy

This September, a group of 24 military Veterans and their travel companions embarked on a trip to Normandy, France, with Road Scholar, a nonprofit that hosts educational travel for older adults. The nine-day program took participants from Paris to the beaches of Normandy to learn about military history where it happened. On the most impactful day, the group visited Omaha […]
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Memorial honors a storied WWII unit

The next time you’re near Montrose Cemetery seek out the memorial installed in 1986 by the American Legion Post 1183 dedicated to honoring Veterans of Japanese descent who have served in the U.S. military. Nisei Post 1183 of the American Legion was formed to honor the Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team of World War II, units […]
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State launches suicide-prevention portal

The Illinois Governor’s Challenge is encouraging people from across the state to become part of this crusade to prevent suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Most recently, it launched its training portal for people to become trained in suicide prevention. Its goal is to enlist 70,000 medical professionals, including hospital staff, primary care physicians, police, fire, EMTs […]
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Schaumburg Post Office honors modern Veterans

Schaumburg’s U.S. Post Office has been renamed the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Post Office Building in honor of America’s 21st century combat Veterans. The name was changed after a bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg was signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this year. The post office is located at 450 W. […]
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