Monday, December 3, 2012
Veterans and active service members are invited.
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Plainfield American Legion: Plainfield American Legion Post 13 is gearing up for a membership open house event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 9. This event is open to all military service persons both active and veterans. Organizers hope the event will rekindle a faded spark of interest in the American Legion, especially those veterans who served in the Vietnam war and the many Middle East conflicts. Currently Post 13 has about 279 members, most of which are inactive, according to Commander Gary Taylor. However, Taylor explained few members are veterans of the more recent wars. “Our ultimate goal is new members,” said Vice-Commander Donald Bennett. To qualify for …
Monday, October 29, 2012
You don't have to be a member any longer to enjoy the local watering hole; a grand opening is set for Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Plainfield American Legion Marne Post 13 will open its doors to non-members starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Located at Renwick and River roads, the establishment will be open to the public at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at noon on Sundays. To mark the occasion, the Plainfield post will host a grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring pizza, wings and an "antifreeze" drink special.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
An email scam is targeting recipients of VA disability compensation.
Veterans are being warned about an email scam that is specifically targeting disabled veterans. The e-mails appear to be coming from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and use a .mil email address, but according to the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission the emails are fraudulent. The e-mails attempt to solicit personal information from those who receive VA disability compensation and promise special funds from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. The American Legion offers these tips to avoid becoming involved in fraudulent schemes. Taxpayers should beware of any of the following: • Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on false statements of …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hundreds line Lockport Street and gather in Settlers' Park to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Some were decked out in red, white and blue, while others were waving small American flags, but they were all there for one reason: To remember America's fallen heroes at Plainfield's annual Memorial Day parade. The parade stepped off from Plainfield Central High School, winding its way to Settlers' Park as hundreds of residents took time out to Commemorate Memorial Day. With performances from band and choir groups from all four Plainfield high schools and appearances by Scout troops and the local Military Moms group, the parade drew a crowd this year. Addressing the crowd following the parade, Plainfield Mayor Mike Collins cited another event that drew a large turnout: Saturday's Wounded Warriors 5K. "It was very gratifying to see the …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Brian Seidel, a Plainfield resident who was raised in Romeoville, will complete nearly 12 years in the service on Nov. 1.
E-5 Sailor Brian Seidel of Plainfield was feted Saturday by family, friends and members of the Romeoville American Legion Post 52, who gathered at Mongo McMichael’s in Romeoville to celebrate his return to civilian life. Seidel, a Romeoville native, joined the U.S. Navy in 2002 and will complete his service on Nov. 1. After settling back home with Jessica, his wife of four years, Seidel plans to attend college and join the U.S. Navy Reserves. Seidel attended boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes in northern Illinois and trained at the Cryptologic Technician Administrative School in Pensacola, Fla. He was stationed in Sugar Grove, W.V., until 2004. While serving at Sugar Grove, Seidel took part in an individual augmented assignment at …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Organizers say more than 175 motorcyclists participated in the event, which collected donations to provide gifts for needy kids at Christmas.
More kids will be getting more toys this holiday season thanks to the biggest turnout ever for the Reindeer Toy Run. The third annual poker run collected hundreds of toys for kids in Will County, with 175 motorcyclists participating in the event Saturday morning, event secretary Debbie Albright said. “I think the weather is a key factor,” she said as people registered for the ride at the American Legion Marne Post 13 in Plainfield. “We’ve never had it this warm before. There are a lot of new faces here today.” Jill Pondel of Joliet was among them. “I’m here to help the kids,” she said. “I like riding with other bikers for a great cause.” Toys will be organized by age for boys and girls, and distributed to SOS Children’s Village in Lockport…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The 10,000-square-foot development is proposed for land next to the Route 59/Main Street Walgreens.
A new strip mall will be built on Route 59 near Main Street – if the village agrees to close a portion of Oak Street and move the American Legion war memorial to Settlers' Park to accommodate the project. The 10,000-square-foot development on a site next to the Walgreens at 14902 S. Route 59 needs the additional land in order to be economically viable, village Planner Michael Garrigan said Monday. The space would allow for up to eight new storefronts to be built, one of which could have a drive-through window, he said. A concept plan submitted by developer Lee Fry Companies Inc. of Naperville won the village plan commission’s endorsement last week, and will go before the Plainfield Village Board next week, Garrigan said. Were approval to …
Monday, August 29, 2011
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Josh Cruz received a double surprise welcome home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, thanks to Operation Welcome You Home and the local American Legion post.
It was two times the welcome home yesterday for U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Josh Cruz, 27, who arrived back in Romeoville from his tour of duty in Afghanistan at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to a crowd of people waiting to show their support and appreciation for his service. “One man even came out in his bathrobe,” said Donna Morsovillo, founder and president of Operation Welcome You Home (OWYH). Thanks to the clever planning of his wife, Amanda Cruz, OWYH was able to surprise him once again at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Dominick's, located on Weber Road in Romeoville. Born in Hawaii, Cruz moved to Bolingbrook when he was 15 years old, going on to graduate from Plainfield Central High School in 2003. Now a Romeoville resident, Cruz is a mechanic with …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Annual parade gathers at Plainfield Central High School and follows a path to Settlers' Park, where a ceremony will be held.
It wouldn't be Memorial Day without the American Legion's annual parade. This year, the gathering will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Plainfield Central High School at Fort Beggs Drive and James Street and will proceed to Settlers' Park behind Plainfield Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St. The official ceremony begins in the park at 11 a.m., with speakers including Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins; the Rev. David Medow, pastor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish; and state Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), according to Marilyn Pecoraro, wife of Plainfield American Legion Marne Post 13 Cmdr. Frank Pecoraro. Three high school bands will also play, Pecoraro said, and other groups, including the Knights of Columbus, will participate. When the ceremony is over, the…
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Donna Morsovillo, founder of Operation Welcome You Home, works full-time to organize homecomings for servicemen and women in the area.
Naperville resident Donna Morsovillo is the woman behind the curtain. Founder and sole worker for Operation Welcome You Home, she tirelessly plans ornate homecomings for military men and women throughout Chicagoland so they can be paid the honor, respect and gratitude they deserve. Today, Veterans Day, she's thinking of all the brave men and women who've served in the military. "You shed a lot of tears when you do this, you really do," she said. Morsovillo quit her job several months back and now works full-time to coordinate flag lines, motorcycle convoys and groups of supporters. She contacts police departments, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion to ensure streets are cordoned off for the events. She's currently working…