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Mather war vets cited in ceremony

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More than 27 residents of The Mather in Evanston were honored Friday for their service in various branches of the military, including many men and women who served in World War II and the Korean War.

More than 27 residents of The Mather in Evanston were honored Friday for their service in various branches of the military, including many men and women who served in World War II and the Korean War.

The ceremony included songs from various military branches as well as a slide presentation showing photos of the veterans from their days on active duty. Special guests included a color guard of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 311.

Guest speaker was Rick Davis, a volunteer in the educational outreach program of the National Veterans Art Museum. He recalled the special leadership qualities of Marine Lt. Col. Jack Dowd, who was awarded the Purple Heart when he was killed in action in Vietnam in 1969.

Dowd's power as a leader "came not from his authority, but from his people," Davis said. Throughout his career, the colonel demonstrated the unique ability to capture the minds and imaginations of those who came in contact with him, Davis recalled.

Photos: At top is Rick Davis of the National Veterans Art Museum. Above: Many of the Mather veterans who were honored at the ceremony.

 

 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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