Friday, November 11, 2011
Leonard “Lenny” Huff talks about the Army, serving in Special Forces and being a veteran.
- Tim Kane
Friday, November 11, 2011
Acquaintances won’t see him for a while. Then he’s back and they don’t really know where he had been. Leonard “Lenny” Huff, 48, of Fox River Grove, has a full-time job as a construction manager for AT&T. He is also a chief warrant officer and member of the Illinois National Guard. His unit is A Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, which is based in downtown Chicago. Huff spent four tours of duty in Afghanistan. And that included more than 250 combat missions. He doesn’t like being called a Green Beret, because, he said, “that is just the name of a hat.” His job while in Afghanistan was to train members of the indigenous army loyal to the U.S.-supported government to fight Taliban insurgents. His last yearlong tour was in 2009…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11.
McHenry County College Veterans Day Recognition Program McHenry County College will be hosting a Veterans Day Recognition Program on Friday, Nov. 11. The program will start at 9 a.m. with the MCC Chorus and MCC Band performing followed by a ceremony at 9:30 a.m., according to a MCC press release. Speakers at the event will include Vaughn Heidenreich of Woodstock, a World War II Air Force veteran, and Sharon Slover, director of Education and Careers with the Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM). MCC has more information on the event availabe on the college's website. Operation Support Our Troops America Collects Donations Locally Operation Support Our Troops America is kicking off its November Christmas drive and …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
On Veteran's day, the Modern Wave Salon and Spa plans to give away more than 100 free haircuts.
Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor all military veterans. The Modern Wave Salon and Spa in Cary is offering free haircuts on Veterans Day. The salon will provide free haircut services to all veterans’, active duty military, police and fire personnel as a way of thanking them for their service. The entire staff will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will give them the opportunity to offer more than 100 free haircuts in just eight hours.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Since 2004, veterans have been flocking to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial, but for many, time is running out.
As World War II becomes more distant in our history, veterans still are being honored for their service today. Gary Dalbke, of Cary, had the opportunity to escort his father, Richard Dalbke, to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Dalbke, of Arlington Heights, served in the Army under Gen. George Patton and was a member of the 26th Infantry Division of the Third Army. “I thought the memorial was a wonderful tribute to the 16 million World War II veterans that took a lot of years to get approved and built.” Gary said. “It is a great reminder to the huge contribution and sacrifice the greatest generation made to preserve ours and the world's freedom.” Honor Flight Chicago, which began in 2008, was founded to recognize military …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Anthony Steinke was sworn in by Mayor Tom Kierna July 5, 2011. Steinke begun his police training July 11 at the College of Dupage located in Glen Ellyn.
After 12 weeks of training in the police academy, Military veteran Anthony Steinke will join the Cary Police Department as a patrol officer. Steinke joined the military in 2004 and spent 18 months in Iraq. He completed his service in 2010, spending a total of six years in the United States Armed Forces. He said his time in the military was intense but misses doing it. "I miss the camaraderie, the brotherhood and just people I was with, you build a family with them, so that’s what I’m hoping to gain by coming here (Cary Police Department)." Steinke said being a police officer was something he always wanted to do. "When I was younger, I always imagine myself being on ‘Chips’ riding around on a motorcycle," he said. "A lot of people grow up …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Cary-Grove AMVETS will hold a flag ceremony at 5 p.m., today at Veterans Park.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Cary-Grove AMVETS Pearl Harbor Memorial Post 245 will take and properly retire old and worn American flags for local residents. Drop off your old flags to the AMVETS at Veteran’s Park on Route 14, at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The AMVETS Department of Illinois is an organization of Veterans that have served Veterans needs since 1945. Illinois AMVETS has been at the forefront of community and Veteran’s services for the State of Illinois. Cary AMVETS host an annual Veterans’ Picnic each summer in Lions Park in Fox River Grove. This year’s picnic will take place on Wednesday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. The picnic treats hundreds of Veterans from throughout the area and Northern Illinois to a day in the park filled with barbeque, games and …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Local residents honor America’s veterans with a Memorial Day parade and service at Cary Veterans Park, sponsored by American Legion Post 276.
Representatives and veterans from the American Legion led the annual Memorial Day parade from Holy Cross Lutheran Church to Cary Veteran’s Park. They were followed by the Cary-Grove High School band playing an instrumental version of “My Country Tis of Thee” that blended into “America the Beautiful” as the parade progressed. The Cary Fire Department, Village Board Members, Girl and Boy Scout troops, and the Cary High School band marched in the parade as well, with a line of Cary Fire Trucks bringing up the rear. “The youth today need to understand the sacrifice our veterans gave and realize that freedom isn’t free,” said Robert Ziminski, leader of Cub Scout Pack 657 and Boy Scout Troop 161. “This is just something little these boys can do …
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…
Lois Sportsman shares the story of her husband, Sergeant Clyde Sportsman, a decorated war hero.
Sergeant Clyde Sportsman didn’t talk too much about D-Day. But his wife Lois says she knows he feels survivor’s guilt. He sometimes told her he wondered why he lived, while so many men around him died. In particular, he recalled being unable to save a man who had fallen in a well. But Sergeant Sportsman, who lived in Elgin most of his life and now resides at Crystal Pines Nursing Home in Crystal Lake, did save lives. Enlisted in July 1940 as a Staff Sergeant in Company F of the 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division, he participated from November 1942 to June 1945 in the Tunisia, French Algeria, Morocco, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns. The United States government presented him with the Bronze Star and …