At 3:45am, Argonne Veterans ERG members arrived at Midway Airport to volunteer as “Guardians” during Honor Flight Chicago’s August and September flights to Washington DC. Four World War II veterans were present on the August flight, while September’s flight was the first in Honor Flight Chicago’s history with only Korea and Vietnam War veterans. Whether it was pushing a wheelchair, taking pictures at the memorials, or simply listening to the stories of these amazing Veterans, our employees could not have been happier to assist. Three Argonne volunteers flew in August, and two more flew in September.
Around 8:00pm the same day, a water cannon arch greeted the charter plane returning to Midway Airport, and a surprise homecoming parade occurred with all the Veterans’ family members present. The long day was incredibly emotional for all, and Honor Flight Chicago took quite a few extra steps to ensure some “Honor Flight Magic” occurred. Wearing hats showing the units they served in during the wars, many veterans met other unit members who shared the same experiences while serving 45+ years ago. Some of the Argonne volunteers were paired with veterans from the same zip codes they live in, further strengthening ties within local veteran communities.
The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club in conjunction with the Village of Oswego are bringing the Mideast Conflicts Wall of Honor to Oswego May 21st through May 31st, 2021. Oswego Honors Veterans will pay tribute and remember the sacrifices of all those who served. The Mideast Conflicts Traveling Wall of Honor debuts for the very first time in Illinois and organizers are thrilled that the Village of Oswego is hosting this beautiful tribute to our young Fallen.
Naperville Responds For Veterans will host The Naperville Salute, a hometown focused Fourth of July celebration, on July 2-4, 2021. The Salute will be designed for the Naperville community and honor our hometown heroes, first responders, military, and Veterans.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 31. This observance is a time to remember and honor the men and women who died while in the military service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or because of wounds sustained in battle. It is also an opportunity to think about how we can support their grieving families and loved ones.
On this Memorial Day, the Argonne Veterans Group asks the Argonne Community to join us in making a difference in the life of a veteran. The Veterans group is raising funds in conjunction with K9s for Veterans, NFP to donate a PTSD service dog to a veteran in need. This dog will be donated in memory of U.S. Army veteran Joshua Klecka who lost his life to PTSD. Klecka served in Iraq and is the stepson of William Burns (NWM). You can donate through our GoFundMe page.
Burns is a volunteer with K9’s For Veterans NFP, and serves on the board of directors for “The Forgotten Warrior Memorial NFP.” The memorial is located at the Channahon State Park to honor all those veterans that lost their battle to PTSD.
Argonne Veterans Group is dedicated to building awareness and providing resources to veterans, veterans’ families, and friends of veterans and to bringing together members of the Argonne community in a supportive environment and in furtherance of Argonne’s commitment to equal employment opportunity for all employees.
Membership in the Veterans ERG is open to all Argonne employees. Contact [email protected] to join or for more information.