Thursday, November 15, 2012
GNHS students go the extra mile to recognize veterans, including filming a video in which they interview local veterans and students about what Veterans Day means to them.
Public Service Practicum (PSP) students at Grayslake North High School recognized local veterans this month in a few ways. They organized a veterans lunch, assisted Grayslake VFW Post 2245 in collecting donations for hospitalized veterans during their annual Poppy Drive and created a video honoring veterans. "The students just had such a nice experience," said Emily Weiss, PSP teacher, noting the invitation for the students to help with the VFW Poppy Drive was the result of the veterans lunch the students organized. "They wanted to share a meal and engage in meaningful conversation with local veterans, so they organized a lunch during class. Also a result of the lunch, students used footage from the interviews they conducted in their video…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Many Grayslake schools hosted Veterans Day events Monday. Patch shares photos from two assemblies, on at Grayslake Central High School and another at Frederick School in District 46.
"Veterans Day is unique," said Grayslake Central High School Principal John Bolger, addressing students at Monday's Veterans Day assembly. "It's not like 4th of July. It's a day that commemorates people. We remember and are collectively grateful. They didn't go to war because they loved to fight. They were called to something bigger than themselve. We should commit ourselves to living more selflessly." Schools in Grayslake recognized and honored local veterans Monday with various events and assemblies. Vietnam Veteran Kirk Morris, a Gurnee trustee whose son Geoffrey, a Marine, died in Iraq in 2004, spoke at Grayslake Central's event about what the American flag means to him. The constant winds felt throughout the area on Sunday, he said, …
A Veterans Day ceremony was held Friday at the College of Lake County in Grayslake featuring various speakers, chaplain's prayer, posting of colors and a moving performance of the National Anthem and Taps.
"This is a day of remembrance, reflection and appreciation," said Darl Drummond, Vice President of Student Development for the College of Lake County at Friday's Veterans Day ceremony. "We owe a lot of gratitude to each and every one of them," said Drummond of our veterans. "We salute you and thank you for the bravery that has given others a better life." Sponsored by the CLC Student Activities Program Board, the event featured a prayer by Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Roger C. Bouma, a poem by professor Joel Chmara and Student Veterans Club President Ingrid Marlowe, who read a letter her Army Reservist father wrote about why he couldn't take her to the zoo at age 6 during "drill weekend." Marlowe said she just received the letter, because her …
A Veterans Day tribute to a 90-year-old Air Force pilot who endured seven months as a POW before being liberated by Allied forces including Gen. George S. Patton.
"I grew up wanting to play baseball for the Braves," said Elijah "Joe" Ostrander, 90, of his hometown team. "That plan was changed by the war." Instead of playing professional baseball, Ostrander instead enlisted in the Air Force at age 19. He served in Italy during World War II with the 741st Bomb Squadron, 455th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. "I loved to fly," said Ostrander, who now lives in Lindenhurst, Ill. "That was all I wanted to do." He left the comforts of home in January 1943. He flew a B-24 from Kansas to Italy, where he was stationed. Long Journey Into the War Zone "That long flight across the Atlantic for a navigator was challenging and exciting," Ostrander said. Once in battle, however, the realities, the hardships and the …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Here is a compilation of previous stories that appeared on the Grayslake Patch about veterans. Be sure to check back Monday for the latest Veterans Day coverage.
Court reporters collect stories of 14 Lake County combat war veterans.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The stories of 14 combat war veterans from Lake County will soon be part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. See the video on the veteran's project. The project collects first-hand accounts of veterans, as well as collecting personal items such as copies of diaries and letters. Official court reporters from the 19th Judicial Circuit produced transcripts of the interviews conducted on Oct. 26, and their stories will be archived at the Library of Congress. In this video, multiple World War II veterans discuss the significance of the project and give details of their experience in the war. This information was taken from the Lake County website.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The community is invited to the College of Lake County's annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The College of Lake County’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) on the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington Street. (Please note time change from previously announced noon start.) The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Debra Lewis, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, retiring as a Hospital Corpsman First Class (E6). Lewis served as a field medic, dermatology technician, instructor, recruiter and recruit division commander over her military career. She holds a B.S. in business administration from Columbia College of Missouri and is currently pursuing her M.A. in human resource development and leadership from Webster University. She works at Naval …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Military service is "the best thing I've ever done" said Roberto Gomez, a Marine in Afghanistan speaking via Skype to his son Riley Gomez, 11, and other students at Frederick School in Grayslake during the school's first Veterans Day ceremony.
Technology closed the distance between Afghanistan and Grayslake did not seem so far away on Veterans Day, as fifth- and sixth-graders at Frederick School in Grayslake talked with a Marine serving there. “Serving in the military is the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Roberto Gomez, a Marine based in Afghanistan. His voice and his image were shown on a large computer screen as he spoke via Skype with all the students at Frederick. “I have gotten to travel and see the world.” For Riley Gomez, 11, of Grayslake, it was one more conversation with his dad. “We Skype quite a bit,” Riley Gomez said of talking with his dad in Afghanistan. “It’s cool.” Using technology like Skype that allows you to see, hear and interact with someone over on a …
Members of the Public Service Practicum classes and the Key Club worked together to put on breakfast, lunch and a school-wide assembly to thank local veterans for their service.
Editor's Note: This is one of a series of ongoing articles about efforts to honor veterans, because Veterans Day should continue beyond just one day. Nearly 50 veterans and their family members were honored for their sacrifices at Grayslake Central on Nov. 11. The veterans made their entrance as the student choir sang a harmonic a cappella rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Associate Principal John Bolger spoke of the sacrifices made by our men and women who have served. "When we focus on the similarities we share and not the differences, freedom can flourish through our efforts," Bolger said, emphasizing that the focus of Veteran’s Day and the goal of conflicts is peace, not war. Lalena Taylor, a Navy drill instructor …
Friday, November 11, 2011
The College of Lake County honored veterans of all wars on Nov. 10.
A memorial wreath was placed at the College of Lake County's Veterans Memorial in Grayslake to remember all those who have served and been lost in battle. Dorsey Thomas, a US Army Sergeant and Veteran's Retention Specialist, and Angela Beller, a CLC student and private first class in the US Army, placed the wreath at the closing of the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 10. See the full story and more photos from the CLC Veterans Day Ceremony later today.