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Local Army Veteran Robert Lester Reuss, 90, of Sycamore, Illinois passed away October 1, in Sandwich while living at the Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion. Last Friday the Funeral Home Director put out the word that Robert had no immediate family and that no one would be at his...
Papa John's Pizza in DeKalb will be honoring local DeKalb hometown military veterans.     The local Papa John's Pizza store is excited to announce a new veterans incentive program related to the local "DeKalb Hometown Hero" banner program. Papa John's Pizza will feature four...
Joseph Newby graduated from Sycamore High School in 1996. Newby is one of many heroes that have made the great sacrifice of serving our country. Joseph Newby served in the marines for 4 years.In one of his most memorable experiences, after the bombing of the United States...
During the Monday night DeKalb City Council Meeting the City of DeKalb, Mayor Jerry Smith and City Manager Bill Nicklas will pay homage to the DeKalb American Legions Post 66 and DeKalb Legion Commander Dan Gallagher for their outstanding support of the various veteran projects for the City of...
In a partnership between the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 and the City of DeKalb a new salute to current service members and veterans will be created. The project is called "DeKalb Hometown Hero," and was created to pay tribute to the brave men and women from DeKalb, Illinois who...
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is celebrated March 29, a day permanently set aside to give proper recognition to the sacrifices Veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. March 29, 1973 was the date that the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was deactivated. On March 28, 2017, President...
The national Medal of Honor Day is acknowledged on March 25 and is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United...
As the only day on the calendar that is mnemonically a military command, March 4th recognizes National Hug a G.I. Day. In 1996, Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith created "Hug A G.I. Day" to honor her friends and family in the military. She selected the only day on the calendar that was...
On February 19, National Vet Girls ROCK Day recognizes the immense dedication of the nearly 2 million U.S. military veteran women. On National Female Veteran Day, not only is it a day to recognize women veterans, but it’s a day for women veterans to support one another and to share...
Many national and regional cemeteries pay special tribute to Veteran grave sites during the Holidays. Over the past few years several of our National Military Cemeteries have created a variety of programs from holding a special Military Honor Guard ceremony to a new national program called Wreaths Across America....
In a special local DeKalb ceremony, Military TAPS will be played for President George H.W. Bush. Through a unified effort, three organizations have combined to give a fitting farewell to President Bush.  Bugles Across America, Buglers Hall of FAME, and TAPS for Veterans has organized over 600 Buglers from across the United Sates (and...
With the actual Veterans Day yesterday, and observance of Veterans Day today, veterans around DeKalb County are getting deserved recognition and rewards for their sacrifices. The DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder's Office and the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission want to make sure that doesn't just occur once a year. Initiated...