Monday, November 12, 2012
A Veterans Day tribute to a 90-year-old Air Force pilot who endured seven months as a POW before being liberated by Allied forces including Gen. George S. Patton.
"I grew up wanting to play baseball for the Braves," said Elijah "Joe" Ostrander, 90, of his hometown team. "That plan was changed by the war." Instead of playing professional baseball, Ostrander instead enlisted in the Air Force at age 19. He served in Italy during World War II with the 741st Bomb Squadron, 455th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. "I loved to fly," said Ostrander, who now lives in Lindenhurst, Ill. "That was all I wanted to do." He left the comforts of home in January 1943. He flew a B-24 from Kansas to Italy, where he was stationed. Long Journey Into the War Zone "That long flight across the Atlantic for a navigator was challenging and exciting," Ostrander said. Once in battle, however, the realities, the hardships and the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
New Trier Veterans of Foreign Wars will be remembering local veterans at Winnetka Community House on Sunday.
A New Trier graduate will be the guest speaker at this year’s Veterans Day Observance in Winnetka. Sam Badger was awarded the Silver Star for Conspicuous Gallantry and will be speaking at the event held at 5 p.m. on November 11, at Winnetka Community House. Winnetka resident Robert Yale will also be presenting the Hadley School for the Blind a $10,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The grant will support Hadley’s Blinded Veterans Initiative, which Yale helped organize. For more about the initiative read: Hadley School Debuts Blinded Veterans Initiative “As a veteran myself, I am very proud that my award will enable The Hadley School for the Blind to serve veterans that have so selflessly given to our country though their…
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Veterans Day Celebration packed the second floor of the Winnetka Club on Friday with a full program.
With cake, balloons and flags donning the stars and stripes, the Veterans Day Celebration was Winnetka's patriotic tribute to veterans on Friday. Hadley School for the Blind, Village of Winnetka, Winnetka Park District, Winnetka Club, New Trier VFW Post 4831 and Winnetka Historical Society collaborated on the annual event this year. Earlier: Celebrate Veterans Day on 11-11-11 Check back on Monday for a story in full color of red, white and blue. In the meantime, you can "like" us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tell us what makes this day special for you.
So it's 11:11 on 11-11-11. (Check the time stamp on the story. We're not messing around here, people.) Did you do anything to mark this magical numerical moment? Did you make a particularly big wish or perhaps wait to see if the apocalypse materialized? Were there any celebrations so that this date will be etched in your mind forever? Did you get married? (Hey, Disney World is hosting 11 nuptial ceremonies.) Any babies or grand kids born today — or were you hoping for this due date? What about any youngsters celebrating their 11th birthday today? I'm at the Winnetka Veterans Day Observance, which started at 11 a.m. Friday, with special guests Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park), Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Blinded Veterans Association…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Upload a photo or video of you or a loved-one to be featured on Veterans Day.
Did you or a loved one serve our country? If so, there have got to be some good photos and videos to show it. So, dig through that old shoebox; find that file folder or scroll way down on your profile pictures — they’re bound to be somewhere. Are you a tough sergeant major? Surely, someone in basic training took your picture looking stunning with standard-issue glasses. Extra: Winnetka Veterans Day Observance Whether you were a Marine aboard Camp Pendleton or a soldier in Germany, Patch wants to see your photos and videos, as well as hear your story. Is there a photo showing you serving the veteran community? We want to see that too. Simply upload your photos clicking the “Submit Your Photos” button above the main image and we will …
Friday, November 12, 2010
Humble heroes are honored at annual Woman's Club event.
Before he was sent to fight in Vietnam in 1964, Clifford Washington said he put up with discrimination at restaurants that didn't want to serve him because he is African-American. "I would just get up and leave," he said. "Racism was a common thing back then." But a funny thing happened when he was pinned down under fire alongside the white soldiers in his integrated unit. "You didn't find any racism then," he said. "Everybody was comrades." After the many hardships he endured in the war, Washington said after he came back, he would just as soon burn a restaurant to the ground as let its proprietor turn him away because of his skin color. "People who have racist tendencies should be forced to lay in the rice paddies and burn ticks off of …