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Kankakee Veteran's Council observes Memorial Day

The Kankakee Veteran's Council held it's Memorial Day Observance on the Kankakee County Courthouse lawn Monday morning.

John Fulton is president of the council and said it was nice to see so many people in attendance.

"It's wonderful to see; the crowds have gotten bigger the last 2-3 years," the Herscher veteran told WGFA News. "For a guy like me who's been involved in this for 45 years, it feels very good and all the veteran feel happy."

Bourbonnais resident and veteran of four tours in Vietnam, Roger Bean was the guest speaker and he said those who stayed home had the hardest job of all. They worried about their soldier overseas, then tried to help them readjust once they returned.

"The families suffered the most. They bore the scars without knowing why; once they progressed down the road toward healing, they became more aware. And we hope today's Iraq and Afghanistan veterans find it more easier to adjust," Bean said.

The Kankakee County Veteran's Council includes the American Legion Post 85, Kankakee DVA Chapter 34, Kankakee US Marine Corps League Detachment 1253, Kankakee County Veterans' Assistance Commission and Kankakee VFW Post 2857.

{Rob West, 94.1 WGFA News}

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Signs of patriotism for Memorial Day

The sounds of municipal bands, taps, and 21-gun salutes filled the air Monday.  Several communities, civic  organizations and veterans groups, respectively hosted services to remember and honor the war dead.

Patriotic songs, speeches, and wreath-laying events were all part of the memorial services at cemeteries and American Legion and VFW posts.  High school bands also participated. 

At Danville's National Cemetery, National VFW Inspector General Terry Vance said "we should celebrate their service while remembering their service."

94.1 WGFA

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Iroquois County hosts Memorial Day Services

The sounds of municipal bands, taps, and 21-gun salutes filled the air Monday.  Several communities, civic  organizations and veterans groups, respectively hosted services to remember and honor the war dead.

Patriotic songs, speeches, and wreath-laying events were all part of the memorial services at cemeteries and American Legion and VFW posts.  High school bands also participated. 

At Danville's National Cemetery, National VFW Inspector General Terry Vance said "we should celebrate their service while remembering their service."

94.1 WGFA

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Rotary Memorial Way Flags being displayed

Support for America's Armed Forces was being shown in Danville this weekend. Business citizens are displaying the message 'We Proudly Support Rotary Memorial Way' on their marquees.

On Friday nearly 2,000 small American Flags were placed along both sides of North Vermilion Street by Danville Rotary Club members and volunteers. The flags-display will cover four miles and be on display over the Memorial Day weekend.

Rotary Memorial Way has been a labor of love for the Danville Rotary Club for the past 14 years. Funds generated from the flag sponsorships help support the Vermilion County War Museum.

This year members of the Danville High School Jr. ROTC Program will be assisting in placing the flags along the route.

94.1 WGFA

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Kankakee shooter faces federal charges

The arrest of 24-year-old Sentray Coney last Monday for firing gunshots in Kankakee has him now facing federal charges. Coney was arrested after he jumped from a van and tried to run from police.

Police reported Coney tried to ditch a weapon he had in his possession. He was part of a group of people in a van that was stopped on E. Bourbonnais Street a couple of hours after gunfire and a series of fights broke out outside the Whatever Bar on South East Avenue.

The gunfire outside the bar resulted in one man left dead and a handful of others injured.

At the time of his arrest Monday, Coney was on parole after serving prison time for unlawful possession of a firearm by a gang member. Police have not linked Coney to the fatal shooting outside of the bar.

94.1 WGFA