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Veterans were honored at Fountain Square on Nov. 11, in a ceremony led by Greg Lisinski, Commander of the Seventh District American Legion. Against the backdrop of armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, each of the speakers paid tribute to the men and women who have served this country.
David Davis, who read remarks on behalf of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, said Veterans Day was an occasion to “pay tribute to the men and women who risked their lives to protect our nation.” He said the nation should reaffirm its commitment to provide health care and other benefits to the men and women who have served in the military.
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said it was a day to “celebrate the public service of our veterans.”
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, “We honor those who have displayed incredible selflessness by serving in the military.”
Henry Revis, Commander of Evanston American Legion Post 42, said, “I am here to honor my fellow comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice.”
Commander Clifford Washington, VFW Post 7186, said, “We must thank those who have made the supreme sacrifice.”
Commander Hal Shanafield, Viet Now, North Suburban Chapter, said, “Let us never forget why we are able to be here today.”