This Memorial Day will be very different for many American Legion Honor Guard members this year. This day in DeKalb for years has been celebrated with a parade and presentation by civic leaders and DeKalb American Legion Honor Guard members at the Ellwood Mansion in Downtown DeKalb. These events have been canceled for 2020 but other virtual and social media posts will honor the meaning of Memorial Day.
To honor the members of the DeKalb American Legion Post 66 Honor Guard, local Papa John’s Pizza (DeKalb) owner Ryan Schroeder has graciously donated one large Pizza to each of the 30 members of the DeKalb AL Honor Guard. “I am so impressed with the efforts of these people and I felt it important to acknowledge these members in some small way,” said Schroeder. “We continue to support the “DeKalb Hometown Hero” banner program that acknowledges just a few of our DeKalb ‘American’ heroes.”
The Legion members who answer the call to honor include the old and young, male and female, veterans of all branches, active, National Guard, reserves, and Auxiliary members. They are of the same diverse character as those they honor. Members of the honor guard are trained in military drill and ceremonies, and provide memorial honors, upon request, at the funerals of eligible veterans. They volunteer their time to make sure all deceased veterans are given a proper and respectful departure.
DeKalb American Legion Post 66 Honor Guard Members Include:
Jerry Johnson, Ken Smith, Rob Halvax, Rob McCann, Margaret McCann, Patrick Nichols, Shannon Pfotenhauer, Randy Smith, Michael Embrey, Becky Metcalf, James O’Meara, John Wicker, Justin Kness, Bill Stanley, Hunter Munch, Manuel Olalde. Thomas Riley, Jerry Busby, Denny Vaupel, Cliff Seldal, Larry Lundburg, Joe Newby, Doug Massier, Karen Giuliano, Mike Giuliano, Jerry Kempson, Arlen Rautio, Daniel Gallagher, Steve Marberry, and Phil Bomar
We at Papa John’s Pizza salute these veterans and all military members for their sacrifice and service to our country.
These pizzas will be available over the three day weekend of Memorial Day (Saturday, Sunday, Monday). To receive your pizza call (815) 787-7272 and order your pizza using your name as an American Legion Honor Guard member.
Watch for all our weekly special dedicated to veterans, military, first responders, and health care workers.
Papa John’s Pizza of DeKalb
203 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, Illinois 60115