Area history, May 31, 2017

Today is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Illinois House and Senate conferees agreed to a 4,408-mile system of hard roads to be constructed, if voters approved it at the 1918 election. Among the amendments accepted was a road from Bloomington to Champaign.

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St. Joseph veterans memorial dedicated in park so kids learn freedom's price

ST. JOSEPH — For a memorial dedicated to veterans past, present and future, it's only fitting that you can find it in an all-ages setting.

St. Joseph American Legion Post 634 unveiled a veterans memorial Monday with a ceremony in St. Joseph Community Park. The attendees gathered with local veterans and offered thanks while speaking over the flapping of countless American flags.

Area history, May 30, 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Cvijanovic: UI paid me $250,000 for football injuries, medical expenses

After going dark for more than a year, Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter on Memorial Day night to announce he’d reached a $250,000 settlement with the University of Illinois over injuries he sustained as a scholarship football player.

Those Who Served: Korean language put man in OSS

URBANA — On Memorial Day, Lt. Richard Underwood remembers family, as well as two friends, who died in Korea.

Between his two stints serving as an interpreter and security officer in Korea, his own mother was shot in the back by insurgents. His father died of chronic heart problems he endured while serving the U.S. Army as an adviser during the war in Korea.

'Emotional' Memorial Day ceremonies slated today

Spc. Jeremiah Jacobs lowers the flag all the way, then raises it to half-staff, before returning it to its full height above the crowd.

Seven members of Urbana American Legion Post 71’s honor guard fire three rounds in a 21-gun salute, an old tradition that has come to be called the “National Salute.”

Bugler Jack Wright plays taps.

Area history, May 29, 2017

Today is Monday, May 29, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Tom Kacich: May 1917 — Patriotism on display in C-U

By Decoration Day 1917 (as Memorial Day was then called), Champaign-Urbana was fully into war fervor, eagerly embracing the world war which the U.S. had entered only about seven weeks earlier.

For high school graduates, trips are mission critical

High school graduates are going to colleges far and wide, separating from lifelong friends. First, though, some idealistic graduates will be traveling all over the world, to help with poverty in Nicaragua or India or even in their own country, or to grow in their personal faiths.