Last night I had the privilege to attend Congressman Joe Walsh’s Veterans Commendation Ceremony honoring fifteen veterans of the Illinois 8th Congressional District. The ceremony was held at the VeHe Barn in Deer Park with many veterans, friends, and relatives in attendance. In most cases it was a family member who had submitted the application for the Commendation Award for consideration.
Pastor Rick Valkanet said the invocation and closing benediction prayers and Rear Admiral John Mumaw (U.S. Army – Retired) made the opening remarks.
The 8th District veterans who were honored by Congressman Joe Walsh for their past service were: Loren “Duke” Abdalla, John ‘Jack’ Halley, Jr, Henry Inselberger, Gregory Jacobs, Robert Kellermann, Thaddeus Kochanny, Robert Leahy, Jr, William Lyford, John Mont Marquette, Gary Pilafs, Tom Reddish, Alfred Saller, James Schreiner, Thomas Steinman, and Thomas Thiry.
The resounding theme that played out throughout the night was that our veterans do not ask for nor do they seek recognition. They are selfless when it comes to discussing their military services. Please keep that in mind if you have or know of an employer who has a job available that our veterans could fill.
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