Mike Kara Presents...
Very Special Veteran's Day Show 2009
A Mike Kara Presents... Tradition

THANK YOU VETERANS!!!!
FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE
FOR ALL YOU DO
FOR ALL YOU WILL DO



Memorial Day in Woodridge, Illinois 2009

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Well since it’s November, let’s travel back to May 2009 for The Village of Woodridge’s Memorial Day Celebration. Usually The Woodridge Veteran’s of Foreign War’s Memorial Post 1578 puts on a silent parade and service for Memorial Day. However with the celebration of 50th Anniversary of The Village of Woodridge and The 40th Anniversary of the Woodridge Park District, a variety of very special events were taken place throughout the entire year of 2009. One of those special events was to have a large full blown Memorial Day Parade. A special committee was formed to develop special events all year along to celebrate the anniversaries, including developing a special Memorial Day Parade. Although not silent, the parade featured a wide variety of bands, civic organizations, schools, boy scouts and girls scouts, shiners, etc the full gamete. However to pay proper respect to Memorial Day and all those very brave service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, giving their own life to preserve the rich freedoms We enjoy today, when the parade passed The Woodridge Veteran’s Memorial on the corner of Janes Avenue and center Drive, the parade then became silent. The parade route itself was 2 miles long and started at Rt 53 and Woodridge Drive, and went all the way to Veteran’s Memorial Park just just Woodridge Village Hall.

However as every year, The Woodridge VFW still put on a very special Memorial Day Service. Just a short program truly remembering those brave men and women who fought hard for our country, paying a heafty price, their own lives. We should never forgot how many brave men and women gave their lives for us, so We can live in a free country, let’s do and say what We choose.

So the service included reading by Woodridge VFW Post members, a very nice presentation by our awesome mayor here in Woodridge, Illinois, William F. Murphy, plus a 21 gun salute by The Woodridge Police Department Honor Guard, as will as a wreath presentation. Also there was a special flag folding ceremony in memory of Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bessa.

Staff Sgt Bessa was A resident of the Village of Woodridge who was killed in Afghanistan. Members of the Bessa
family were on the hand for Jeremy’s special tribute.

Also The Downers Grove South Marching Mustangs had performed before and after the service, including a special tribute all branches all the military, with the band playing each branch’s song and everyone in the crowd stepping forward and showing pride in whatever particular branch they served in.

So Memorial Day was extra special in The Village of Woodridge, Illinois. God Bless America. God Bless these veterans. God Bless all who made that ultimate sacrifice for their country and God Bless Woodridge, Illinois, USA, Planet Earth.

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Woodridge VFW Memorial Post 1578 Installation of Officers Dinner

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Well, it’s November and of course Veteran’s Day is this month. And I’ve got a very special event that is very appropriate for our special Veteran’s Day Celebration.

On Tuesday June 2, 2009 at Shanahan’s Irish Food and Spirits in Woodridge, Illinois, The Woodridge Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 1578 was having their installation of officers dinner. Every year a group of dedicated and competent Woodridge VFW members are elected or appointed as officers of The Woodridge VFW. This year’s officers included - Larry Gervais as Commander, Joe Kara as Senior Vice Commander, Don Curby as Junior Vice Commander, George Strejcek as Quartermaster, Mickey Hunt as chaplain, Bob Kolling as Judge Advocate, Don Young as Surgeon, Randy Braasch as 3 Year Trustee, Len Pucci as 2 year trustee, and Bert Names as 1 year trustee.

The Installation officer was Mr. George Cramer, Former National VFW Commander if Chief.

John Sucansky was officer of the day and Master of Ceremonies was Bob Reichert, Public Relations Director for The Woodridge VFW.

This meeting was called for the sole purpose of installling officers. However The Woodridge VFW honored a Woodridge Police Officer of The year, as well as a Lisle-Woodridge Fire Fighter of the year.

This year’s honors went to Woodridge Police Officer Michael Carpenter for Woodridge VFW Police Officer of the year, and Lisle-Woodridge Firefighter James Weaver as Woodridge VFW Fire Fighter of The Year.

Also Mayor of Woodridge William F. Murphy gave a nice presentation as well.

So The Woodridge VFW has it’s officers in place for another great. For more information on The Woodridge VFW and all that they do, please visit their very special  website at http://www.woodridgevfw.org

God Bless America, God Bless these Veterans

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 Woodridge VFW Memorial Post 1578 - Flag Retirement Ceremony

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Well, our Veteran’s Day Special rolls on. Now I want to tell You about a very patriotic and important event taking place in Woodridge. On Monday June 15, 2009 at The Woodridge Park District’s Hawthorn House in Hawthorne Woods in Woodridge, Illinois, The Woodridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 1578 was having it’s annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. After a citizen proudly flies their American Flag, after a while it may become torn, tattered, and faded. When that happens, an American flag must properly be retired. An American Flag should never ever be thrown out with the trash. American Flags need to be retired with dignity and honor. The only way to accomplish this task is to have the flag burned in a fire.

In Woodridge, Illinois, for the past year The Woodridge VFW has been collecting torn, tattered, faded flags that have been dropped off by conscious minded citizens. The flags were brought to a specially decorated retired post office box inside the Woodridge Police Department Lobby. So citizens are able to drop off their old American Flags 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

So on this day all the flags that were stored up since last Flag Day were properly retired. First there was a special ceremony with one flag, and then flags were first cut, with the blue being removed from the red and white stripes. By cutting the flags they become just pieces of material and can be tossed into the fire. Several Woodridge VFW members could be found, as well as family and friends of Woodridge VFW members taking part in this very special event.

For more information on The Woodridge VFW, and all the good work they do in the community and for our beloved Country, The United States of America, the greatest country in the world, I must add,  please visit there very special website at http://www.woodridgevfw.org Information on proper Flag etiquette can also be found there. God Bless America. God Bless these Veterans. God Bless The Flag. Happy Veteran’s Day. 

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Woodridge VFW & Downers Grove VFW Summer Picnic 2009


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Hey There. I wanted to take a quick look at a special picnic and cook-out. Every year The Woodridge Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 1578 and The Downers Grove Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Century Post 503 put on their summer picnic. Both posts combine their resources to put on one awesome summer picnic. It is a very special gathering of  VFW Post 1578 and 503’ members, their families, as well as there close friends. Amongst all The good work these two VFW posts do in the community, they took time to smell the roses as well as the hamburgers and put on this summer picnic which took place on Saturday August 15, 2009 at Echo Point Park in Woodridge, Illinois. The event included a wide awry of yummy treats such as hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn dipped in hot melted butter, as well as a variety of salads, snacks and desserts, and of course beer and soda as well. Also the picnic included a bean bag tournament, which yours truly competed in, as well as my Dad. Plus there was a raffles featuring several nice prizes. A good time was had by all.


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The Woodridge VFW's 1st Annual Golf Outing

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Well, let’s once again look at an awesome event being put on by The Woodridge VFW Post 1578. On Saturday September 19, 2009 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge, Illinois, The Woodridge Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 1578 was putting on their very 1st annual golf outing. Woodridge VFW members, along with family and friends of  Woodridge VFW members, as well as members of the Community tried their hand the 18 hole golf course at Village Greens, owned and operated by The Woodridge Park District. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon We all enjoyed a game of golf, as well as good fellowship. In the afternoon everyone played the simply gorgeous 18 hole course. For this game four-somes played best ball. Where everyone hits the ball and the best shot is where everyone else takes there shot from. After a good game of golf, guests enjoyed a good cookout put on by Village Greens,  which included hot dogs hamburgers, brats, the werks. There was also a wide variety of raffle prizes at this event. Guests are able to buy raffle tickets and place them in a bowl for a particular item they would like to win. There was also a 50/50 raffle. So it was a great time had by all.


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Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

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Short segment for my November 2009 edition of Mike Kara Presents, featuring The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall's stop in Downers Grove, Illinois outside American Legion Post 80.

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