Preston Stewart, a Champaign native and Afghanistan veteran, has amassed nearly 500,000 followers on his military history-focused TikTok page.
WGBL is the October recipient of Champaign American Legion Post 24’s monthly award for proper display of the flag.
ST. JOSEPH — Lyndsey Leemon is proud of her brother.
One of the early stops in this year’s Gold Star 500 is in Farmer City, which should provide the 20 or so cyclists the boost they need on their five-day, 530-mile journey.
MONTICELLO — A formal dedication of Dr. Gary Stamp Way will be held at noon Friday at the corner of Kratz Road and Market Street in Monticello.
'I believe that we have been far safer during the last 20 years than most sensible people predicted in the aftermath of that horrible day,' writes one-time Urbana resident Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense under President George W. Bush.
The Gibson City native, whose body had been buried in Europe for nearly three-quarters of a century after he fell during World War II fighting between U.S. and German forces in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, now rests beside his family.
Sharing their memories as the 20th anniversary nears: Jim Luecking, Ramona Sullivan, Emma Dorantes, Mark Foley, Kim Tate, Kay Townsend, Jeff Kurtz, Robert DeAtley, Cliff Hastings and Bill Behrends.
Sharing their memories as the 20th anniversary nears: John Currey, Cassandra 'CJ' Johnson, Emily Cross Vayr, Ruthie Counter, Chuck Knox, Ryan Hornaday, Diane Gottheil, Bill Pickett, Susan Elmore and Tom Grassman.
Today, the six men from Rantoul — Joe Manka (Army), Colin Kopman (Navy), Les Little (Army), Steve Carpenter (Marines), Bernie Calhoun (Army) and John Johnson (Air Force) — will wrap up their four-day, early-morning, hot-as-all-get-out, no-perks-necessary run at Half Century of Progress.
Pfc. Clarence Brotherton will be awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Victory in Europe Medal and two campaign medals.
With the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil now 20 days away, community members present and past share their 9-11 memories in an N-G miniseries. First up: Angela Urban, Damir Krupalija, Judy Fraser, R. Turner-Winston, Vashoune Russell, Jeff Wooten, Sandra Casserly, Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel, Rachel Schroeder, Rick Shields and Becky Preston.
“I’ve flown it off the back of Humvees, armored vehicles in firefights in Iraq, at half mast over various camps for fallen service members on numerous occasions,” Ben Thomann says. “It’s been with me, either in my bag or on the back of my body armor, since 2003.”
Rebecca Rutledge, the vice-commander of the Paxton Prairie Post 150 of the American Legion, said she needs three people from county organizations to serve on that board, and if in support, the veterans board must formally notify the county board that it wishes the commission be created.
The group was present to see Martin receive a quilt from the Quilts of Valor program, which goes to active duty and veterans of the military who have served in war zones.
Hundreds lined the streets between Monticello High and the courthouse square Saturday, clapping, cheering and waving to the 40 entries that traversed the route of the Honor Parade. Said Bill Schield, who made the trip with Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department: “It's awesome to be down here, have thin blue line flags everywhere, everybody's wearing 703 shirts. It's really cool."
Local American Legion members recently discovered evidence of a little-known veterans organization that was founded during World War II and existed for about a decade.
The humongous U.S. flag that flies outside LS Building Products on certain holidays is a result of an in-house patriotic push. About four years ago, employees ponied up to purchase the oversized Old Glory that can be easily spotted atop a company boom truck on Memorial Day, Fourth of July an…
Charlie Dukes wrote things worth reading and did things worth writing about. And now he truly rests in peace, Ray Elliott writes in a tribute to his fellow veteran.
The parade last year held a two-fold purpose. Because of the pandemic, the club was not able to hold its annual beer tent fundraiser at Mahomet Music Fest. Members wanted to honor those who served and get creative to hold a fundraiser, so the honors parade was born. Parade participants paid a fee to enter.
By the time Jeff Brown stepped outside to take part in “Taps Across America,” Sidell Fire and Rescue personnel had joined the ceremony with a rig that included an American flag hanging from its extended ladder.