Monday, November 12, 2012
A Veterans Day ceremony was held Friday at the College of Lake County in Grayslake featuring various speakers, chaplain's prayer, posting of colors and a moving performance of the National Anthem and Taps.
"This is a day of remembrance, reflection and appreciation," said Darl Drummond, Vice President of Student Development for the College of Lake County at Friday's Veterans Day ceremony. "We owe a lot of gratitude to each and every one of them," said Drummond of our veterans. "We salute you and thank you for the bravery that has given others a better life." Sponsored by the CLC Student Activities Program Board, the event featured a prayer by Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Roger C. Bouma, a poem by professor Joel Chmara and Student Veterans Club President Ingrid Marlowe, who read a letter her Army Reservist father wrote about why he couldn't take her to the zoo at age 6 during "drill weekend." Marlowe said she just received the letter, because her …
A Veterans Day tribute to a 90-year-old Air Force pilot who endured seven months as a POW before being liberated by Allied forces including Gen. George S. Patton.
"I grew up wanting to play baseball for the Braves," said Elijah "Joe" Ostrander, 90, of his hometown team. "That plan was changed by the war." Instead of playing professional baseball, Ostrander instead enlisted in the Air Force at age 19. He served in Italy during World War II with the 741st Bomb Squadron, 455th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. "I loved to fly," said Ostrander, who now lives in Lindenhurst, Ill. "That was all I wanted to do." He left the comforts of home in January 1943. He flew a B-24 from Kansas to Italy, where he was stationed. Long Journey Into the War Zone "That long flight across the Atlantic for a navigator was challenging and exciting," Ostrander said. Once in battle, however, the realities, the hardships and the …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Court reporters collect stories of 14 Lake County combat war veterans.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The stories of 14 combat war veterans from Lake County will soon be part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. See the video on the veteran's project. The project collects first-hand accounts of veterans, as well as collecting personal items such as copies of diaries and letters. Official court reporters from the 19th Judicial Circuit produced transcripts of the interviews conducted on Oct. 26, and their stories will be archived at the Library of Congress. In this video, multiple World War II veterans discuss the significance of the project and give details of their experience in the war. This information was taken from the Lake County website.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The community is invited to the College of Lake County's annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The College of Lake County’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) on the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Debra Lewis, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, retiring as a Hospital Corpsman First Class (E6). Lewis served as a field medic, dermatology technician, instructor, recruiter and recruit division commander over her military career. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Columbia College of Missouri and is currently pursuing her M.A. in human resource development and leadership from Webster University. She works at Naval Station Great Lakes at Training Support Command as a command school …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Monday, May 30, 2011
For Memorial Day, veterans tell their stories to Patch editors and readers.
Their stories are painful and poignant. For Memorial Day, Patch interviewed local veterans from Lake and McHenry counties and shared their stories here through stories, photos and video. We are honored so many veterans chose to share their stories with us, and we are honored to share them with you. Read through for excerpts or follow the links to each Patch site for the full story. Each story introduces you to a different local veteran. Each story aims to put their memories into words. Each story is honest and emotional. And each story is worth telling. Jim Mertz also volunteers his time to educate on the importance of patriotism and talks to local fifth graders about the American flag. By Lee Ann Gill More than 40 years later, Jim Mertz…