DeKALB – DeKalb County veterans will have the opportunity to share their war experiences with the community during a veterans’ pinning ceremony this week.
Erin Tamms, program director for Family Service Agency’s Senior Services, said it’s the first time the agency will be hosting the event Tuesday afternoon in conjunction with Heartland Hospice.
She said a lot of members of Club 55, the senior activities group within the agency, are veterans, and she wanted to help bring the community together for the event.
“They have seen a lot in providing military service,” Tamms said.
Tamms said that about a dozen local veterans that served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will be recognized during the pinning ceremony Tuesday.
Tamms said local government representatives, including state Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, are anticipated to attend the event.
She said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, will not be attending, but sent in certificates of recognition for participating veterans.
The Warrior Watch Riders, a soldier support group based out of northern Illinois, also is expected to attend the event.
Tamms said agency staff believe in honoring those who served their country and risked their lives in doing so.
“It’s important for us to say thank you,” Tamms said.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for
1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Service Agency Senior Services building,
330 Grove St., DeKalb.
Cake and beverages will be served.