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This year, Chicago celebrated its 10th Annual Military History Fest at the Pheasant Run Convention Center, where 1,500 people gathered to celebrate military history, perform reenactments, and learn about the cultural history of war from people of all time periods, from the Roman Empire and into the modern day. The three-day celebration was accessible for people of all ages and offered educational and purchasing opportunities for those interested in wartime memorabilia.
The festival aims to honor the memories of those who served and are currently serving in the United States military by helping to make history come alive. History is primarily learned through textbooks, but actors at the convention are passionate about living history and teaching people about historical figures through live interaction.
United States Army Officers receive ribbons upon entering into the United States Army, but not upon leaving; however, one officer is looking to honor veterans across their lifespan. On April 10th, 1981 the Secretary of the Army established the Army Service Ribbon, which is awarded to members of the United States Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard after successfully completing initial-entry training. The Army Service Ribbon symbolizes the start of one’s career with the army. Sergeant First Class Steven Janotta, a twenty-five year member of the U.S. Army and Chief of Operations at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, is advocating for a medal that would honor the end of an officer’s career. His proposal received support and criticism from other officers, but he believes in the importance of recognizing over two decades of commitment to the U.S. Army.
Military Medal Return Bill Locates Veterans and Provides them the Awards They Have Earned but Never Seen.
In Blue Springs Missouri, Veterans are being shown a level of respect and gratitude that is hard to find in the rest of the United States. Thanks to a new law, officials are locating men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and making sure that they are given every medal and award that they were eligible for or earned in service to the United States Military. Many of the awards have been lost in old safe deposit boxes, or never ever awarded to the veteran who earned them.
The Military Medal Return Bill gives the state the ability to publish the names of every veteran that was awarded or eligible for certain military medals and awards. Now anyone can find out what awards a Veteran in their family has earned, even if they were never awarded those medals.
Richard Arvine Overton, a man believed to be the United States’ oldest living war veteran celebrated his 107th Memorial Day last Monday. It is amazing to see a man who has witnessed the changing of the times firsthand. He is an eyewitness of the Great Depression, World War Two, the moon landing, the Vietnam War, the incredible rises in technology, the change of the millennium, and so many other world shaping events.
Despite his age Overton still does all of his own yard work. He enjoys working and caring for horses. He also mentioned that he never watches television. When asked about his good health Overton stated that he has taken an aspirin every day and smokes around twelve cigars. He also enjoys a bit of whisky in coffee in the mornings and sometimes at night. It is incredible to see such a sound mind in a man who has lived over a century.
Tim Davis, a veteran of the Vietnam War, recently re-visited the site of his tour in Vietnam for a sense of closure. The effects of the Vietnam War left Davis troubled and unsettled for over 45 years. Finally he returned to Vietnam to revisit several sites of combat and other points of interest to him and other friends that had been in the war. “I had a lot of buddies that got lost…got killed, and we were really, really close. It meant a lot for me to go back there and see where they actually got killed…and say goodbye to them.” Davis stated when asked about his experiences on his return to Vietnam. A much brighter and well-deserved surprise awaited Davis as he returned to his home. A crowd of more than one hundred friends, family, and grateful citizens awaited Davis for a well-deserved hero’s welcome. Davis was escorted by the county sheriff, motorcyclists and a military jeep to Columbia City for a true hometown celebration.