Students from areas schools, Cicero residents, and town officials gathered to honor the men and women who have worn the uniform during the town’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans from every military branch (and even a couple from other countries’ military) attended the event, representing every conflict from World War II to the current War on Terror. Each person who served was individually recognized during the Community Center event, highlighting the town’s many contributions to protecting freedom throughout history.
“We are proud of the service and dedication our residents have shown to ensuring the freedom of people all over the world,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “After they return home or when they settle into Cicero, we need to make sure we do everything to express our gratitude for their service.”
Students from Morton 201 were on hand to participate in the ceremony, with some students assisting in laying the wreath to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, something Town Trustee Dennis Raleigh said was “moving.”
“Seeing these kids take part in this ceremony, especially when you can see them realize for the first time what it means to serve your country, makes you hopeful for future generations,” Raleigh said. “Not only because they understand what it took to become a free nation, but because you know the level of dedication that will be required to sustain our freedom when they are old enough to take action.”