Veteran’s, families, and students gathered at Rotary Hill to celebrate our service men and women.
“On Veteran’s Day we think of joy, of peace, of pictures of service men and women coming home. Who can forget the pictures we see on TV of a service man or service woman coming home to their family? Veteran’s Day is a perfect prelude to Thanksgiving and as a nation we have a lot to be thankful for,” said Terry Jelinek.
Of the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour our city gathered in a moment of silence and prayer for our fallen heroes.
Many veterans were moved by the Healing Field of Honor, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica, part of this year’s “50 Years of Healing” theme.
“It’s good for these young kids to be out here and see what our generation has given for this country. This is just so moving, its something we need to do because too much of it is being brushed under the rug. We need to remember that we fought for something,” said Army Veteran, James Wolf.
This year’s theme stems from 2015 being the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a special anniversary for veteran William Keck, and others who served.
“It’s about remembrance of the 58,000 that gave the ultimate price for our freedom. Every year, at this event, it’s to remember them and that’s what it means to me,” said Keck.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.
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