Francesca’s & Purple Heart celebrate George Washington’s Birthday
2/23/13 Luncheon with the Veterans from Hines VA Blind Center
The State of IL Military Order of The Purple Heart Veterans’ Organization is proud to partner with Francesca’s 95th Restaurant here in Oak Lawn IL to celebrate the birthday of President George Washington! President George Washington this Nation’s Founding Father, February 22, 1732. This would be his Two Hundred and Eighty First Birthday anniversary.
To celebrate this significant milestone the Department of IL MOPH is sponsoring a special luncheon opportunity for hungry supportive citizens to enjoy sumptuous entrees all while supporting the Purple Heart Veterans’ programs. To be exact, this get together is NOT a fundraiser. For further information please contact Daniel Finn: danfinn AT moph-il.org or (708) 837-4510 cell #.
Reserved seating cost will be $25 per person. The meal will include pizza appetizer, pasta side, chicken breast, choice of Non-Alcoholic beverage, and tiramisu dessert. Luncheon will be served promptly at 1:00pm with cash bar after Noon. ALL tickets must be Purchased by Valentine’s Day. A check written to MOPH Chapter 575, mailed to: 3400 W 111th PMB 494 Chicago, IL 60655. Your name will be placed on our confirmation list. NO late reservations or day off participation. * This event is open to anyone that may want to attend.
As of January 1, 2012 The State of IL has officially recognized August 7th as Purple Heart Day, decree signed by Governor Quinn. On August the seventh 1782, then General George Washington proclaimed: “The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward. Before this favour can be conferred on any man, the particular fact, or facts, on which it is to be grounded must be set forth to the Commander in chief accompanied with certificates from the Commanding officers of the regiment and brigade to which the Candidate for reward belonged, or other incontestable proofs, and upon granting it, the name and regiment of the person with the action so certified are to be enrolled in the book of merit which will be kept at the orderly office. Men who have merited this last distinction to be suffered to pass all guards and sentinels which officers are permitted to do. The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all. This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest stages of the war, and to be considered as a permanent one.”
Francesca’s 95th 6248 W 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL (708) 598-7007 for restaurant