Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Culver's Restaurants in Frankfort and New Lenox are donating 10 percent of their profits today to Honor Flight.
There is still time to get to Culver's Restaurants in Frankfort and New Lenox. They are donating 10 percent of their profits today to Honor Flight. Fundraising to cover the cost of the Honor Flight Culver's Restaurants at 421 E. Lincoln-Highway in New Lenox and at 20592 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort are participating Culver's Day of Giving May 21. A total of 60 Culver's in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana are donating 10 percent of all sales for Honor Flight participants. This related video is produced by Culver's Restaurants. Lots of fun '40s music and bits of World War II tribute tunes by artists such as the Andrew Sisters and Kate Smith. READ MORE ABOUT HONOR FLIGHT…
Friday, December 7, 2012
About 3 p.m. CST on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed. Dorothy Boldt, 91, reflects on her days as a real live "Rosie the Riveter."
Dorothy Boldt, 91, of New Lenox Township, has no memory of that actual day 71 years ago that the US Fleet was bombed and nearly 1,800 Americans died as a result of the attack. But she remembers that it changed her life forever. She married her husband, TL, in April 1942, and he enlisted. He left in October 1943. The couple would be separated for more than two years. He was a tech sergeant. From December 1944 through January 1945, "He fought in the Battle of the Bulge." It was on the Western Front of Belgium, France and Luxembourg. He didn't come home until after the war was over, she said. Living at the time in Pontiac, Boldt was having a hard time make ends meet on the salary she earned as a hair dresser. "I made about $10 a week. I was …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Re-enactors pay tribute to the Greatest Generation by keeping their memories and stories alive through living history demonstrations.
- Bob Bong
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
About once a month, New Lenox resident Bob Blecke dons his Army fatigues, loads his machine gun and heads off to war. Blecke, 54, is commanding officer of the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, a group of World War II re-enactors who regularly gather with other re-enactors to re-create battles right out of the history books. This past weekend, Blecke and other Allied re-enactors met German re-enactors in the Battle for Aachen, which was played out on a grassy field at Dellwood Park in Lockport. “This is our way of providing a tribute to my dad and his generation,” said Blecke, who portrays a captain in the 401st regiment. “We also have to keep their stories alive” because the number of veterans is shrinking fast, he added. What some …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Resident Elmer Wilhelm took an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., earlier this month and saw the World War II memorial for the first time.
Local veteran Elmer Wilhelm has been to Washington, D.C., many times, but never to see the memorial honoring those who served in World War II like him. As a teacher in Lockport, Wilhelm would take field trips there with the eighth-grade students. But he retired 25 years ago, and the World War II memorial was opened to the public in 2004. Earlier this month, though, Wilhelm participated in an Honor Flight to Washington. "You don’t see too much because you’ve got to keep an eye on the kids," Wilhelm said about leading trips there with the schools. "This time I got to really take a look around." The Army Air Corps sergeant served from 1946-49 left on June 7 for the Honor Flight, which collects money and organizes trips so veterans can go to …