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Unsung Heroes: Local Vets Honored at Ceremony

FREEPORT -- They're the Stateline's unsung heroes; the men and women who put themselves in the line of fire. Now, hundreds of local veterans are being show the the thanks they deserve with ceremony fit for only the finest.
FREEPORT -- They're the Stateline's unsung heroes; the men and women who put themselves in the line of fire. Now, hundreds of local veterans are being show the the thanks they deserve with ceremony fit for only the finest.

It's one of the most recognizeable tunes to a veteran's ears: Taps. But it tugs at the heart strings of us all.

"It's a privilege to be in the same room with these men and women," said Barb Martin, "No Greater Love" coordinator. "I'm not a veteran myself, I don't know what they went through, but I am thankful for what they sacrificed for my freedom."

Which is why barb martin organized the "No Greater Love" ceremony at Heritage Woods in Freeport, Monday. Five veterans were met with five big "thank-you's".

James Nichols served our country during the Korean War.

"Well, I had a lot of different experiences in there, most of them were good," said Nichols. "I wouldn't want to do it again."

While his hands went into keeping this country free, he's not sure future generations understand a soldier's sacrifice.

"They don't know what V.F.W stands for, they don't know about Korea, I don't think they even teach it in the schools anymore, so that's always bad because we should always remember the veterans," Nichols said.

But Monday, A ray of hope in the form of a surprise mail call for these men and women. All stuffed with hand written letters and valentines from local kids thanking them

A simple thing that makes a big difference.

"Thank a veteran. Everybody, go out there, you see them on the street you see them in a coffee shop we owe them that," said Martin. "Just a little thank you goes a very long way."

This is the fourth year that Hospice Care of America has held those types of ceremonies. Martin estimates that by the end of this year, they will have pinned some 300 veterans.

If you'd like to volunteer with the "Vet to Vet" program you can call Hospice Care of America for more information. Call 815-316-2700.






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