The Exchange Club of Naperville presented their One Nation Under God breakfast at Meson Sabika to recognize community members for their contributions to the American spirit that encompasses Naperville.
The Proudly We Hail Awards honored several residents who display the nation’s flag properly and regularly.
“We can all do something small, and for us that just means being proud of this country, being proud to be an American and we do that by flying our flag,” said recipient, Susan Sullivan.
The American Spirit Awards went to those whose can-do spirit demonstrates a commitment to the community.
Stephanie Penick, founder of Positively Naperville, received the Abraham Lincoln Award for her service and dedication to her community.
“I feel, all these years later, it’s quite an honor. And I really share it with the Exchange Club, and all the volunteers, and all the veterans and all the people in this remarkable community who give their time and talents and treasures and work with their families and try to share the good things that happen in this community, and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” said Penick.
Featured speaker and founder of Veterans Matter, Ken Leslie, highlighted his efforts to improve communities by providing homes to veterans.
The breakfast concluded with the Exchange Club making a donation to help provide permanent housing for those who have served.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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