DeKalb County veteran Frank Beierlotzer was sworn in as Cheminot National for the national veteran organization of La Societe Des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux on Sept. 16 in Boosier City, Lousiana.
In simple terms he is now the national representative for the state of Illinois in the nonprofit national veteran organization of the Forty and Eight.
Originally the Forty and Eight was established in 1920 by members of the American Legion. The founders based the organization on their experiences in World War I. The box car of the French railways, which carried 40 men (quarante hommes) or eight horses (huit chevaux) to and from the front, is the symbol (40/8) of the national organization.
Locally, the DeKalb County 40/8, Voiture 207, provides nursing scholarships yearly for two Kishwaukee College students enrolled in the nursing program. To find out more about the 40/8, visit illfortyandeight.com or contact Frank by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.