The Village of Rosemont has joined forces with Salute Inc., a non-profit organization that provides financial support for military men and women and their families, to honor U.S. military veterans Monday, Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with an evening filled with patriotic programming including a special award presentation to three of our country’s veterans, including Petty Officer First Class Don Hoskinson who served during World War II and the Korean war; SSGT Air Force Steve Aoyagi who served during the Vietnam War; and Randol Shelton who gave his life while serving in Iraq. Shelton’s family will be accepting the award on his behalf.
One of the Midwest’s most popular country bands, “Back Country Roads”” will open the event at 5 p.m. Brothers Mark and Jason Sutton of the band “Brother Trouble” will also take the stage to continue the night’s tribute to U.S. veterans.
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens will kick off a ceremony to U.S. veterans at 6:30 p.m. beginning with a performance by the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of 45 professional musicians under the direction of Lieutenant Patrick K. Sweeten. Founded in 1911 by famous “The Stars and Stripes Forever” composer Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, the band continues to spread the traditional sounds of military music throughout the Midwest.
The program will continue with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 311 Color Guard’ s magnificent “Presentation of the Colors,” the singing of the National Anthem by Salute Inc.’s Torron Crawford, and a special award presentation from Salute Inc.
Following the ceremony, guests are invited to visit the MB Financial Park at Rosemont, where venues will offer special promotions for veterans, including several that are offering free meals for veterans with military identification that evening.
About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall, MB Financial Park at Rosemont, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Rosemont Theatre, and a host of other entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. For more information, visit www.Rosemont.com.
About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont: MB Financial Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex whose 10 venues offer upscale international cuisine, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues. A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station and Rosemont Theatre. Convenient parking is available. For more information visit www.mbparkatrosemont.com.
About Salute Inc.: Salute, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support for United States military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities. The organization was founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf of Arlington Heights, IL. After Will, a Naval Reservist, returned from 13 months of deployment in Guantanamo Bay shortly after 9/11, the couple started Salute Inc. to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.