Residents gathered at Veterans Park today for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.
The observance began with a moment of silence, honoring the origin of the holiday, the end of violence during WWI, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Naperville Municipal Band played patriotic songs and the men and women honored fallen heroes during the playing of “Taps.”
Naperville veterans stood proud along the memorial ranging from those serving today to WWII, including Naperville’s oldest veteran Leo Kuefler, who’s nearly 97 years old. During his service in WWII, he drove a tanker under General Patton.
“Veterans Day means a whole lot to me because a lot of men and women didn’t get to come home,” said Kuefler. “I was one of the lucky ones.”
For some still serving like David Goben (1997-2001 U.S. Marines, 2007-present Illinois Army National Guard) he hopes to inspire younger generations to want to serve our country, like the ones who served before him did.
“I hope that I can at least teach those who are younger than me, inform them and advise them on how important it is to serve our country, how great of a country we have,” he said.
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