to pay tribute to him and all the other vets, Carriglio said. heart wrenching to see what they went through. event began with a presentation of colors and arms by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2992 of Des Plaines, followed by the pledge of allegiance by Boy Scouts Troop 22 and a tribute and prayer by Steven Schaefer, Pillars of Honor vice president, for those missing and killed in action. David Dabado sang Soldier Boy and 16 year old Joe Brottman played taps. A video presentation highlighted significant historical dates during World War II along with photos and an explanation of the memorial.
During the keynote address, Marine Corps Maj. Michael A. Boccolucci called the guests greatest generation, not only for their service and Under Armour Curry 2 Haight Street sacrifice but the hurdles they faced communicating with loved ones back home in the days before Internet, cell phones or pagers.
Suzanne Stanits, Pillars of Honor president, welcomed and recognized all branches of service in attendance, saying, are bringing the memorial home to you. that, George Lobb, 81, of Des Plaines, was grateful.
World War Two veterans and families members view the scale model of the World War Two memorial during the debut of the Pillars of Honor at the Des Plaines Public Library in Des Plaines, Ill., on Sunday, August 29, 2010. (Andrew A. Chicago Tribune
fear, exhaustion, sand pulling at your boots and fire from everywhere, American veterans secured the beach and eventually the island, Boccolucci said. am in awe of the opportunity to stand before you today. I, too, appreciate your sacrifice. Our nation owes you much. of Honor will remain on display at the Des Plaines Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., through Friday. Sept. 8.
The line spilled out the door of the Des Plaines Public Library on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of World War II veterans and their families crowded together to get a glimpse of Pillars of Honor.
Replica of World War II memorial unveiled in Des Plaines
used something called mail and Victory mail, which sometimes took three weeks to two months to reach home, if you were lucky, Boccolucci said. cannot even imagine how you felt going weeks to months without communicating with loved ones. compared his 20 years in the service including his deployment in July 2009 for Operation Iraqi Freedom with theirs. He described the troops landing in Okinawa, Japan, packed tightly together and carrying heavy gear and weapons on their backs.
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think it was great today, said Lobb, who served as an Army technician in the Pacific from 1946 to 1947. people who put this on did a great job to remember us all because time is moving on. Carriglio, also of Des Plaines, came to honor the veterans and her uncle Roman Socha, who was a prisoner of war for nine months and died in 2006.
By Elizabeth Owens Schiele, Special to the Tribune
more than 220 guests crowded into the standing room only room for the presentation.
Having come in from as far as St. Louis to see the public debut of the replica, some veterans donned military uniforms; others proudly wore VFW hats. Some clung to walkers or spouses as they caught a glimpse of the 8 by 8 foot, 800 pound memorial. Others, like Lucille McPhail, an Army surgical nurse who served as a first lieutenant from 1943 to 1946 and took the opportunity Sunday to meet family and friends and celebrate history, came in wheelchairs.
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