County to host Pillars of Honor visit for WWII veterans

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and Ret. Lt. Col. Derrell Greene, the Kenosha County Veterans Service Officer, in cooperation with Pillars of Honor Inc., a non-profit organization, are pleased to invite World War II Veterans, family, friends and the general public to a Day of Honor & Unveiling of the Original Scale-Model of the National World War II Memorial 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 UAW Local 72 Hall 3615 Washington Road Kenosha.

This special reception will feature the beautiful, original-scale model of the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C., designed by world renowned architect Frederick St. Florian.

Pillars of Honor Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring WWII veterans unable to travel to Washington D.C. to see their memorial in person. Pillars of Honor has the Traveling WWII Memorial model on loan for a limited time before it will have to be returned and placed in the Smithsonian Institution. The event will also honor World War II veterans with a special certificate and preferred seating.

WWII veterans are asked to register their attendance at their earliest convenience and no later than Sept. 2, by contacting Pillars of Honor Inc., 770 Lee Street, Suite 103, Des Plaines, IL 60016, or calling 847-954-0520. WWII Veterans may also call Kenosha CVSO Ret. Lt. Col. Derrell Greene for assistance with registering attendance, 8600 Sheridan Road, Suite 700, Kenosha, WI 53143, or calling 262-605-6690.

WWII veterans, their families, friends and the public will also enjoy this Day of Honor, which will feature a patriotic program that will include a formal presentation of the colors, live patriotic musical performances, a historical presentation of the WWII Memorial, guest speakers, members of the military and representatives from multiple Veteran Service Organizations. This event is made possible through the dedicated members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors of Pillars of Honor Inc. who have produced this patriotic program for WWII Veterans unable to visit the actual WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. The country’s WWII veterans now number fewer than 3 million. The average age of these veterans is 89.

“The Day of Honor is an opportunity to recognize our World War II veterans for their contributions to our nation and for them to experience the Traveling WWII Memorial model,” County Executive Kreuser said. “Veterans will be able to learn about the memorial and share their experiences and memories. It is also an opportunity for all of us to raise our awareness about this ‘Greatest Generation’ and this important time and world-changing event in our history.”

For more information about the event, call 262-605-6690.

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