Tuesday, February 5, 2013
When members of the Plainfield Fire Protection District saw that Army Spc. Frank Pierson had a broken flag pole, they took action.
When members of the Plainfield Fire Protection District learned that an injured Plainfield veteran was receiving a customized vehicle — thanks to a fundraiser coordinated by the Associated Firefighters of Illinois and Local 2 of the Chicago Firefighters Union — they wanted to help out. On Veterans Day, firefighters showed up at Army Spc. Frank Pierson’s home in the Creekside Crossing neighborhood to give him a lift to Soldier Field, where he and Army Ranger Sgt. Tory Honda would be presented with their new wheels. Pierson, who lost both his legs while serving in Iraq, received a customized vehicle that he can drive using just his hands. But there was a problem. “When we picked him up, we noticed his flag pole was broken,” Deputy Fire Chief…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Lincoln Elementary marked Veterans Day on Monday.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Lincoln Elementary School kindergarten students plant flags in the school's front yard on Nov. 12, 2012 to honor military veterans. Students also gathered around the flag pole to recognize family and friends who served in the military, and then said the Pledge of Allegiance with their guests.
Monday, November 12, 2012
From where veterans reside to how many are disabled, the U.S Census Bureau provides a data-driven look at today's holiday.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11, and with that, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled a list of stats that offer a glimpse into aspects of veterans’ lives. Three states with 1 million or more veterans in 2010. 14.1 percent of people 18 and older in Alaska were veterans in 2010. The percent of the 18 and older population were veterans was 12 percent or more in Maine, Montana, Virginia and Wyoming. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating. Source: 2010 American Community Survey Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008 Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2010 Source: Survey of Business Owners: 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Company also offers hardship, non-profit assistance.
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by ComEd. Veterans Day is on Nov. 12, and with only a couple months remaining in 2012, ComEd is urging its customers, including disabled veterans and deployed active military personnel, to apply for $4 million in assistance funds still available. The money is part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to help ComEd customers struggling to pay their monthly electric bills, and it is a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act enacted last fall by Illinois lawmakers. ComEd dedicated $10 million in financial assistance for 2012, and nearly half remains available. To raise customers’ awareness of the assistance funds, ComEd launched an advertising campaign encouraging …
From the number of total veterans to a brief history of the holiday itself, the U.S Census Bureau provides a data-driven look at Veterans Day.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
With Veterans Day approaching, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled a slew of facts and information about the holiday, beginning with how the day was established. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (The numbers for blacks, …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Local businesses salute our service men and women with special deals year-round, as well as on Veterans Day.
A number of local businessesare saluting veterans, military service men and women, and their families this Veterans Day by offering local discounts, specials and promotions. Here's a guide to specials in Woburn and the area. Two important notes: Free food: Store discounts: Want more? Plainfield Schools, Business Honor Heroes
Friday, November 9, 2012
A look at how local servicemen and women are being recognized.
Thought it falls on a Sunday this year, Veterans Day will be observed across the nation on Monday, Nov. 12. In the days and weeks before and after the holiday, which recognizes serviceman and women for the sacrifices and service they've given to their country, Plainfield schools, churches and a local business are paying homage to local heroes. Here's a roundup of some Plainfield activities: In observance of Veterans Day, the following locations will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12: While many government offices are closed, the Plainfield Public Library will be open Veterans Day.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday is Veterans Day, and we're giving our readers the chance to honor the veterans in their life by posting photos and thanking them for their service.
Uncle. Sister. Grandfather. Neighbor. The odds are fairly high that one of those people—or someone else you know—has served in a branch of the U.S. military. On Friday, the country celebrates Veterans Day, and Plainfield Patch wants to help readers honor the veterans in their lives by telling the community about those men and women who've served their country through the years. Upload photos of family members and friends who were part of the armed services and share a little bit about why you're proud of them. Here's your chance to thank those veterans for their service and remind everyone in Plainfield how important they are to the country. Send your photos to email@example.com or upload them straight to this article. We'll start it off …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Among the highlights will be a slide show of local current and former soldiers' photos, a video honoring fallen Plainfield soldier Andrew Meari and an appearance by the Patriot Guard.
Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield is planning a special Veterans Day celebration and all area veterans are invited to participate and be honored. Principal Edward Boswell said the school wants to reinforce the idea that Veterans Day is an important holiday for families and the community, and veterans should be honored for their service to the country. Students with family members who have served or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces will be recognized during the ceremony, which will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. The event is also open to members of the public who register in advance. “Our teachers have done a great job recognizing our local veterans and students who have veterans in their families…
Monday, February 14, 2011
Meari, who attended Plainfield South, was killed in November while fighting in Afghanistan.
The American flag that last flew over Plainfield South High School on Veterans Day was given to the family of Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, a former Plainfield South student killed Nov. 1 in Afghanistan. Plainfield South Principal David Travis and members of the Plainfield School District 202 board presented Meari’s family with the carefully folded and encased flag at Monday’s board meeting while members of the Warriors’ Watch Riders formed a solemn flag line. Dave Skinner, a volunteer with the Watch Riders, presented the family with a gold coin and a set of symbolic beads that honor military families. “We try to honor all of our veterans, past, present and future, to show we all appreciate their service,” Skinner said. “We show support and we …