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S13 Episode 02: From Our Veterans

Wayne Fischer, Senior Vice Commander of the Illinois American Legion, Joe Strebel, Naperville’s American Legion Post 43 historian, and Lew Breese, past commander of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 explain the history behind our veterans organizations and how people can continue to support our service men and women.

This episode is part of Series 13: Healing Field of Honor. Listen to the companion episode, “Healing Field Stories." View a list of all ParkTalk episodes here:

Special CO-VID update:  Read this article from the Daily Herald about Wayne Fischer's reflections on serving in Viet Nam and how we can help veterans during the coronavirus outbreak. 


Quotes from the episode:

“Our (American Legion) programs are designed for our community, for our youth, for our fellow veterans and for our active duty military. For example, for our veterans, we are a major supporter of our Honor Flight Chicago program. When they get back from their day in Washington, D.C. to see their memorial, it’s an experience of a lifetime…it brings people to tears when they talk about it.” – Wayne Fischer

“Judd Kendall’s death saved countless lives and ensured the eventual victory on our side in World War 1.”- Lew Breese

“One of the most prominent and noticeable changes in the American Legion is the growing role of women. It’s opened up a lot of opportunities.” – Joe Strebel

Learn more about the American Legion Post 43, celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2019.

Learn more about the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2019

Ways to support our veterans’ organizations and their outreach:

  • Thank a veteran, whenever you have the opportunity.
  • View the Healing Field of Honor 
  • Donate a flag for the Healing Field of Honor
  • Support local fundraising such as the poppy sales around Memorial Day.  All proceeds go to veterans in need.
  • Join in the Memorial Day parade and activities, either as a spectator, or as part of the parade.
  • Participate in the Friday Fish Fry each spring at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 at 908 W. Jackson Ave

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