Cicero honors veterans at Armed Services Day event May 24
Cicero celebrated Armed Services Day on Wednesday May 24 at the Cicero Community Center.
On Wednesday May 24, the Town of Cicero celebrated Armed Services Day honoring all military veterans.
Our guest speaker was veteran Benito Morales who turns 100 years of age on June 9. Mr. Morales served during World War II and received the Bronze Star.
The Town of Cicero Board passed a resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, April 25 honoring Benito Morales, and the resolution will be presented to him and his family at this community event.
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Here is the text of the Resolution Honoring Benito Morales:
RESOLUTION ON BENITO MORALES
WHEREAS Benito Morales has been a resident of the Town of Cicero with his wife Frances Gureca and their seven children since 1985; and
WHEREAS Benito Morales is an American veteran who served during World War II receiving the Bronze Star for bravery while with the 39th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in Erpel, Germany, rescuing under fire 11 of his military colleagues who had been injured during a Nazi attack; and
WHEREAS Benito Morales recently received an upgraded distinction of the Bronze Star to include a V for Valor and Heroism for his service during that battle and his efforts to rescue his fellow Army soldiers; and
WHEREAS Benito Morales also received in 2017 the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration awarded for bravery by the French Government, awarded to him during ceremonies held at the American Legion Manual Perez Jr Post 1017 in Chicago, a post named after his military colleague and friend; and
WHEREAS the Town of Cicero is proud of the valor and service to their country that all of our veterans have demonstrated in service to defend this nation in every war since World War I; and
WHEREAS the Town of Cicero are proud to acknowledge veterans like Benito Morales who have achieved greatness through courage and bravery and without regard to their own personal safety; and
WHEREAS Benito Morales will celebrate his 100th birthday on June 9 with his family and friends and the entire community,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Town of Cicero Board of Trustees that Benito Morales be honored for his courage and his service to defend America and that the Board express the gratitude of the entire town for his service this 25th Day of April 2023
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to him and to his family as a testament to our respect for his achievement, courage and dedication.