Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Do you know a WWII veteran who would like to participate in this year’s Honor Flight Chicago day trip to Washington D.C.?
Honor Flight Chicago needs help in locating WWII veterans for this year’s special one-day trip to Washington, D.C. Since 2008 the program has treated over 4,000 veterans to an honorary day-trip to Washington, D.C., but there’s still over 20,000 local WWII vets who still haven’t had the chance to experience this hard-earned gift of appreciation. This year, five separate flights are scheduled: April 17, May 14, June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7. If you want to make sure more heroes get the honor they deserve, here's a few simple things you can do: Check out the Honor Flight Chicago website for more information and resources.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Friends, family and local volunteers greeted Cody Klaver, a Marine lance corporal, Thursday after he returned home from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.
Cody Klaver, a U.S. Marine lance corporal, received a warm homecoming Thursday night after his first tour of duty, serving seven months in Afghanistan. Local volunteers from several groups—including Soldiers Guardian Angels, the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, the Ridgewood Riding Club and M&M Riding Club—along with Tinley Park Police officers and firefighters in Tinley Park and Frankfort, made sure that Klaver knew how appreciated he is and how happy they were to have him home for the holidays with his family and friends. After a brief meet and greet in Tinley Park at the Super Kmart, the groups led a procession with Klaver and his family back to his home near 80th Avenue in Frankfort Square, where neighbors and friends greeted him with …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Hundreds lined up along Oak Park Avenue over the weekend to honor Gunner's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer. Jeanette Tarqueno. She was injured on Dec. 4,2011 while serving our country in the Persian Gulf.
Around dusk on Saturday, Oak Park Avenue was peppered with patriotic colors and hundreds of American flags. Jeannette Tarqueno, a U.S. Navy veteran who was injured last year while serving in the Persian Gulf was greeted in style on her way to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2791 in Tinley Park. A benefit intended to help her recover from a traumatic brain injury was held there. See the accompanying photo gallery for a look inside the event.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Hundreds attended the wake and funeral this week of a Tinley Park veteran who touched the lives of nearly everyone in the community.
Just three days before one of his favorite holidays and beneath an overcast sky, a hearse carrying local World War II veteran Robert "Bob" Oehmen made its way down Harlem Avenue in the rain. Along the street, a pick-up truck had pulled over. Beside it, a man stood watching the procession pass. Tears streamed down his face as he held his hand over his heart. Oehmen's 89 years brought him all over the world. He stormed the beach at Normandy while serving in the U.S. Army and Tuesday, settled into a familiar sanctuary where he'd spent countless hours volunteering—the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Often when life ends at after nearly 90 years, many friends have already passed and it's primarily family members who are there to pay their …