Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Lemont's Bethany Lutheran Church is collecting items for the local VFW to send to U.S. troops, most of whom are currently stationed in Afghanistan.
Lifelong Lemont resident Virginia “Ginny” Connelly put out a call to fellow members of Bethany Lutheran Church after learning the local VFW typically experiences a shortage of items this time of year for their monthly troop care packages. The church is encouraging members of the community to get involved, too, by donating some of the troops’ favorite items – which come in handy when they are far from home. Here’s a list of some of the things you can donate: According to Operation Care Packages, other favorite goodies include protein bars, pre-sweetened powdered drinks, Ziplock bags, hot chocolate and hot cider packets, canned fruit, dried fruit, fruit snacks, canned hearty soup, ravioli, stew, Cup-A-Soup, Ramen noodles, trail mix, instant …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The 11th day of the 11th month, at 11 a.m., is the time set for Veterans Day ceremonies across the nation – commemorating Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819 invites Lemont-area residents to attend a ceremony Sunday to commemorate Veterans Day. The VFW will honor the nation's military men and women beginning at 11 a.m. at the Lemont War Memorial in the 200 block of Main Street. Local businesses are also participating in "Values for Veterans," a program offering dining and shopping discounts as a tribute to local veterans and those currently enlisted in the military. Service members and veterans are asked to present their military IDs to enjoy these specials and discounts. Click here for more information and a list of participating businesses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau: Veteran’s Day originated as “Armistice Day ” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Drop off donations at the Lemont Public Library through Nov. 11.
For the fifth year, the Lemont Public Library is partnering with Lemont VFW Post 5819 and the Rotary Club of Lemont-Homer Glen to collect office supplies, paper products, linens, gift cards, cleaning supplies and more for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton and the Hines V.A. Hospital Fisher House in North Riverside. For each item donated, donors will receive a coupon good for a free DVD rental or $1 off library fines, up to a maximum of $10 per account. Items may be dropped off during regular library hours through Sunday, Nov. 11. To arrange for pickup of large donations, call library director Sandra Pointon at 630-257-6541. The wish list for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans includes items such as mops, …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Local veterans were joined by Congressman Dan Lipinski, Mayor Brian Reaves and Lemont police officers Monday as they paid tribute to fallen soldiers.
Several dozen Lemont residents joined the Veterans of Foreign War Post 5819 at the Main Street War Memorial on Monday for the village's annual Memorial Day service. The ceremony was attended by Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3), Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves, members of the Lemont Police Department and several local veterans. Prior to the service on Main Street, a group from the Lemont VFW visited each of the village's cemetaries, performing a 21-gun salute in honor of the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives to keep the country safe. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Like what you see? Sign up for our daily email newsletter. Like us on Facebook for a slightly different take.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819 will visit local cemeteries and hold a brief ceremony Monday morning to honor military men and women.
Lemont residents are invited to attend a cemetary tour and brief ceremony Monday morning to commemorate Memorial Day with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819. The VFW will honor the nation's military men and women beginning at 8:30 a.m. with visits to local cemeteries. The bus will leave from the post, 15780 New Ave. Cemeteries to be visited include St. Alphonsus, St. Patrick and St. Matthew, among others. The tour will conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony and 21-gun salute around 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. at the Lemont War Memorial in the 200 block of Main Street. Residents are invited to attend the bus tour, ceremony or both. Memorial Day Closings Village Hall will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. The Lemont Public Library…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The fundraiser was held Sunday at the Lemont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Lemont Patch is now accepting letters to the editor, which will be posted on the site weekly. The following was submitted by the Ken Novak of the Lemont Lions Club. If you're interesting in submitting a letter, e-mail Lemont Patch Editor Amanda Luevano at email@example.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Lemont Lions Club would like to thank the Lemont community and surrounding area for its support of the Club's Spring Dinner fundraiser held on Sunday, April 29th at the Lemont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819. Through the support of those attending, the Club will continue to assist those in need in our community and the many programs and services that might be available. Other vision and hearing needs will be also addressed by …
Friday, January 27, 2012
The event will be held Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and will feature live music and raffles.
A fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project will be held Saturday night at the Lemont Veterans of Foreign War Post 5819. Doug Wright, former president of the Lemont Lions, organized the event to bring awareness to the soldiers returning home from the Middle East. "I know plenty of people who have served and my son has a lot of friends who have been to Afghanistan and Iraq," Wright said. "I think there needs to be an awareness of how blessed we are that we have everything we have and that's we're able to do everything we want to do. It's because of these soldiers and their bravery." The fundraiser will feature raffles, food from various restaurants around Lemont and live music courtesy of Wright's group, the Fort Awesome Band. There is …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Lemont police and firefighters joined the VFW Honor 22 Post 5819 as they honored our nation's veterans Friday morning.
A crowd of about two dozen gathered at the downtown World War II memorial Friday for Lemont's annual Veterans Day commemoration. The ceremony was led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819 and the Ladies Axiliary. They were joined by several members of the Lemont Police Department and the Lemont Fire Protection District. The event included speaches from VFW Post Commander Bill Ward, Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy, Fire Chief Carl Churulo and Lemont Emergency Mangagement Agency Director Tom Ballard.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The group mails 20 to 25 boxes overseas each month.
Earlier this summer, 24 boxes of snacks and toiletries were sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by the Ladies Auxiliary of Lemont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5819. Diane Krisciunas, president of the group, said 20 to 25 boxes are mailed each month. The soldiers, including two females, are from Lemont or have family members who live in Lemont. “We try to keep it local,” Krisciunas said. The VFW post pays for postage, nearly $12 each for a large box. Soldiers have come back or written letters to say how grateful they are, Krisciunas said. “We don’t know how much it means to them. It’s heartwarming,” she said. Particularly popular are hand sanitizers and baby wipes because “it’s a really dirty place to be,” Krisciunas said. Bill Ward…