DeKALB – The city of DeKalb and DeKalb American Legion Post 66 have created “Honorary Veterans Way” to acknowledge the many DeKalb-area veterans that have served in the military.
The honorary street is located on Locust Street from First Street to Fourth Street.
Members of the DeKalb American Legion Honor Guard and DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith dedicated the new signage for “Honorary Veterans Way” on Sept. 18. The date also marked the 73rd anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Air Force.
The entrance to Locust Street off First Street has added flag poles: an American flag and flags of each of the five military branches.
The poles and flags were donated and erected by John Pappas and his family.
“We have great respect those that have served in the military,” John Pappas said.
The DeKalb American Legion thanked City Manager Bill Nicklas and Smith for their ongoing support of the various veteran projects.
“We cannot thank Bill [Nicklas] and Jerry [Smith] enough for stepping up and being supportive of our veterans,” DeKalb American Legion Commander Daniel Gallagher said.
“We are so proud of the efforts of the DeKalb American Legion and Veteran organizer Michael Embrey for what they have done for our community,” Smith said. “The various veteran projects truly make the city of DeKalb the most ‘veteran-friendly city’ in northern Illinois.”
Seventeen additional DeKalb Hometown Hero banners were placed by members of DeKalb Public Works on Locust Street, Second Street, Third Street and around downtown DeKalb on Sept. 11. There are now 60 banners in DeKalb.
The new DeKalb Hometown Hero banners include:
• Cody O’Donnell, U.S. Marine Corps
• James B. Hollifield, U.S. Army
• Gerald R. Listy, U.S. Army
• Dewayne Brown, U.S. Army
• Sammie E. Harley, U.S. Marine Corps
• Frank W. Moore, U.S. Army Air Corps
• Charles W. Scott, U.S. Navy
• Keith W. Rebhorn, U.S. Army
• Thomas L Wicker, U.S. Navy
• John T. Wicker, U.S. Navy
• Kristen M. Martinez, U.S. Air Force
• Levi Hintzsche, U.S. Air Force
• James F. Pace, U.S. Army
• Thomas M. Riley, U.S. Army
• John W. Cliffe, U.S. Army
• Jerry B. Evans, U.S. Army
• Dean Jerde, U.S. Army
The DeKalb American Legion Honor Guard, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion are planning a special event for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.