Thornton Township honored the area veterans who have fought bravely for our country during our annual Veterans Day event. The township gave each veteran an individual pin to show its appreciation and served each veteran a free buffet dinner. The event was held at our senior center in Calumet City.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township supervisor. “We remember the sacrifices they made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty, and country. Thinking of the heroes who join us that day and those who are here only in spirit, we stand here as a family.”
The keynote speaker was Teresa Chandler, who has worked for taxpayers at the Cook County Assessor’s Office for over 20 years. She serves as a Community Outreach Specialist in the Communications Department and is the Township Assessor Liaison for all 38 townships throughout Cook County.
“There are so many brave men and women who have served,” said Chandler. “We want to thank all the veterans for answering the call and serving our country. Because of you we have the freedom of speech and so much more.”
Thornton Township appreciates the service members as they possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity. They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times. They rose to the nation’s call because they wanted to protect a nation which has given them, us, so much. The Lansing Ceremonial Honor Guard and Neil Venhuizen from Post #845, lead the ceremony playing TAPS. Reverend Jesse Burrage of Burnham lead the crowd in prayer throughout the event.
“ We understand that we can do more together than we can ever do apart. This country was built on people working together and finding a common bond,” said Zuccarelli. “They lead by example showing what true leadership looks like. We must also acknowledge the family members of the soldiers. We know you have all lived through difficult times and often took on the heavy load to keep everything running smoothly at home.”