The Future of America lies in our youth LEADERSHIP!

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ROTC Leadership Medal

ROTC Leadership Medal

The end of the school year brings the final bell, for graduating students whom have applied themselves and chosen to be leaders.  The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter officers have been fortunate to meet some of our IL JROTC Cadets at their school awards ceremonies.   The Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Youth Programs are focused on fostering patriotism and good citizenship among America’s youth. We recognize outstanding leadership in cadets and midshipmen through the Senior and Junior ROTC programs in the United States and Department of Defense Dependent Schools worldwide.  This is a wonderful positive program that recognizes those outstanding achievements.

We recognize cadet from Gage Park High School Chicago Army Cadet Alejandro Banuelos Junior R.O.T.C.

We recognize cadet from Lockport Township High School Air Force Cadet Junior R.O.T.C. Unit IL – 761 Samantha R. Mitchell

We recognize cadet from Oak Lawn Richards High School Navy Cadet LTJG Steven Grant Junior R.O.T.C.

Congratulations to these wonderful and dedicated young adults. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of IL members, their families and our communities are PROUD of your Patriotism!

 

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Chapter Commander Springfield, IL John Lazell: RIP Sir, your Service will not be Forgotten!

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2013
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Chapter # 159 On  (L) Commander John Lazell with Department of IL officers
Chapter # 159 On  (L) Commander John Lazell with Department of IL officers

Chapter # 159 On (L) Commander John Lazell with Department of IL officers

 

Reverend John Lazell, 67, of Sherman, died at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center.

As Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” John Lazell was such a man. He was given many abilities that helped sharpen others and, in turn, became more sharpened and focused himself. What a life he lived!

He and Elaine Miller were married in 1972 in Lincoln Christian Church, Lincoln; she survives. Also surviving are one son, Kyle (wife, Sarah) Lazell of Springfield; one daughter, Kali (husband, Jason) McDowell of Peoria; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Mr. Lazell attended elementary and high school in Decatur. He also attended Milikin University in Decatur until he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1966-1969 with a tour of duty in Vietnam at DaNang, Dong Ha, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Camp Carroll, DMZ, and Rockpile. He received two purple hearts and a gold star in lieu of the third purple heart medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 1 *; Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Presidential Unit Citation, and Good Conduct Medal 1st Award.

 

After leaving the military, Mr. Lazell enrolled at Lincoln Jr. College in 1969 pursuing a degree in Journalism. In 1973, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UIS/Sangamon State University. After graduation he pursued a Master of Divinity degree and graduated in 1977 from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana.

During 1973-1977 he served as a student pastor at Lerna Methodist Church, Lerna and Kenney-Harmony United Methodist Churches, Kenney. After receiving his degree in 1977 he was appointed to Laurel United Methodist Church, Springfield, as an Associate Minister. In 1979, Rev. Lazell was appointed to Preemption United Methodist Church, Preemption and in 1981, Rev. Lazell was appointed to Cisco United Methodist Church, Cisco. During this time in his career, Rev. Lazell had a calling to work exclusively with senior citizens and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Gerontology program at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Having attained an outstanding academic record, Mr. Lazell was inducted into the Gerontology Honor Society at UIS and later served as President of the Sigma Phi Omega, Eta Chapter at UIS (the Gerontology Honor Society at UIS).

After graduating from the Gerontology program, Mr. Lazell secured a position at the Illinois Department on Aging and stayed at the agency for 23 years, retiring in 2010 as Lead Trainer of the Community Care Program (CCP) throughout the state. Because of his prior military service, he was a very detailed person and this ability assisted him when he was in charge of several large state-wide conferences while at Aging.

Mr. Lazell was a TV and movie buff. He was also known as a die-hard John Wayne fan including making a trek with his family to Winterset, Iowa, to tour John Wayne’s birthplace. He especially enjoyed World War II era movies.

Mr. Lazell was also a great sports fan as well as participant. Mr. Lazell was an avid Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls fan. In fact, for Halloween one year he wore the official uniform of Larry Bird and carried a Larry Bird basketball. He also was a participant in Kim’s Tae Kwon Do academy attaining the rank of brown belt. However, his greatest sport achievement was in running which he started at the age of 55. He ran three marathons, 17 half-marathons, and 19 5K/10K/15K. His last race was completed in 2013. For this Christmas, to celebrate his running achievements his family had planned to present a special quilt comprised of many running shirts as well as a special hanger for all 49 medals.

Perhaps Mr. Lazell’s greatest joy was in being a part of the Hayes-Krell Memorial Chapter 159 Military Order of the Purple Heart. Mr. Lazell was so proud to have served as the Commander of Chapter 159. He was also very proud of the proposed Purple Heart Memorial to be built at Oak Ridge Cemetery to honor those who have paid a high price for freedom. As a combat wounded veteran he was always reaching out to other veterans in needy circumstances explaining the many organizations that can be used to help veterans. As a marine (as ALL marine’s know, there is no such thing as a former marine!) he took great pride in “sharing” his marine pride with all his fellow patriots at the Chapter (most of whom are Army veterans). He also was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

John was known for his witty comments, friendly smile and a “go to” person at work and after. His many sayings are left for us to ponder, such as… “If one’s good, two’s better,” “water to drink, water to drink” (don’t order or drink soda!).

Mr. Lazell was a retired honorable location clergy of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

An Eagle Scout Soars!

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Every so often you get to meet some truly amazing young people that get it!  They love their Nation, are Natural born Leaders from very loving and Patriotic Families.  On Saturday November 30th, 2013 The State of IL Commander Johns Kapior, along with the Department’s Fiance Officer and the Lady President for the State of IL Ladies Auxiliary traveled to Marengo.  Our mission to present and honorary plaque of gratitude and a show of respect for  young Jacob Jeffrey Olbrich’s efforts in raising enough funds to build a Purple Heart monument in their community.

During these difficult economic times, this was quite a commitment for a senior in High School. Jacob visited many philanthropic organizations and held various fundraising efforts and achieved his goal. On July the 4th, 2013 a Purple Heart Monument was dedicated in the Patriotic Calvin Spencer Park, Marengo IL.  Jacob started his involvement at the wee age of 6 in Tiger Cubs and has also too earned the highest honor in Cub Scouting of the Arrow of Light award. He avails from Troops # 163 and achieved his success in this project due to the support of his peers, parents from the Troops and Troop Leadership. No man is an island, however it does take initiative and commitment, and this is what is significant about Jacob!

Through the recommendation of  of his project mentor Marine Veteran Joe McLachlin, Jacob turned 9 months into a fundraising frenzy.  Within that period of time he raised the required sum of 6,000 to erect this prestigious Purple Heart Monument.  We had the distinct honor of attending Jacob’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.  What an inspiration this young Eagle is…………….! Congrats and Thank You on behalf of every Purple Heart recipient, and Gold Star Family whose loved one earned their award posthumously.  Your have done your Family, Community and Nation PROUD!  SINCERELY The Pillow MOM!

*Best of good fortune as you attend University of MN while you major in Fisheries and Wildlife and Minor in Mathematics. We anticipate more great achievements in your future endeavors.

Boy Scouts of America:  http://www.scouting.org/

 

Wreaths Across America 12/14/13 in Oak Lawn Chapter # 575 & The Patriotic Pillow Project

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2013
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Wreaths Across America in Oak Lawn IL
Wreaths Across America in Oak Lawn IL

Wreaths Across America in Oak Lawn IL

Check out our 2nd Annual “Wreaths Across America” joint event with The Pillow MOM here in Oak Lawn, IL.  This event is open to the public and ALL are welcome.  This is a family event and a wonderful opportunity to teach our youngest American Patriots about what Freedom means. We will gather first at the Oak Lawn First Responders’ Memorial.  This Memorial is a tribute to all whom perished on 911, twelve years ago.  Oak Lawn, IL has the largest tonnage of Steel from the Twin Towers, brought here from Ground Zero.  This has been created into a National Monument of Monumental proportions.  You will want to come and view this world class sculpture that was born out of a tragic page in our National History.  Two spires that emulate the Twin Towers that once stood as the World Trade Centers, in NY stand in Tribute to all whom perished that fateful day.

We will then move to the Oak Lawn Veterans Memorial adjacent to the OL Public Library on 9427 Raymond Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453.  Following our ceremony to Pause, Reflect and Remember our Veterans, we will enter our O.L. Children’s Museum. Here we will share pictures with the children to color for their lesson on Patriotism.  Sharing and showing our Gratitude to assemble and Peacefully Pray for our Nation and the Future!

http://waa.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2093&pg=entry#.UqNAk_RDtIi

http://www.illinoisjoiningforces.org/events/121413-wreaths-across-american-oak-lawn

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We are hoping that yet again, our OL Richards High School JROTC will be present to participate. Mr Larry Buttimer our steadfast professional Bugler from the National Organization “Bugles Across America” has committed to Volunteer his talents yet again to preform Taps and some Christmas Carols.  If you would like to learn more about LIVE Buglers for your Veteran’s Memorial Service or other Patriotic Event?

Please visit: http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/

Our Local VFW will be hosting a Televised showing of the National ARMY / Navy Game! Visit at their location:  The game will commence beginning at Three O’Clock https://www.facebook.com/events/215811728591108/

Oak Lawn IL’s FIRST Purple Heart Community

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The Village of Oak Lawn has declared themselves a Purple Heart Community. It is the first ever Purple Heart community anywhere with the state borders of The Land of Lincoln.  With the tremendous vigor of a Veteran Friendly Family community the Village of OL wholeHEARTEDLY embrace this initiative.  Under the leadership of the newly installed Village President / Mayor Dr Bury along with the Village Trustees a Oak Lawn proclamation was drafted to  recognize our “Combat Wounded” Veterans and Gold Star Families.

Tuesday evening, June 25th brought The Military Order of the Purple Heart;  Chapter # 575 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit # 575  of Oak Lawn, IL together with the  patriotic citizens of OL,  to hear the stated Village of Oak Lawn Purple Heart proclamation….

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Newly Elected State of IL MOPH Commander John S Kapior addressed those in attendance and Thanked the Village of Oak Lawn & Mayor Bury on behalf of ALL Purple Heart recipients.

Delicious Purple Heart sugar cookies were provided to celebrate this occasion. Infamous Wolf Bakery

of Evergreen Park came to the LAMOPH IL President Christina Finn’s rescue with a last minute custom order. Of course they came though with a delicious confection to lift the spirits of any consumer young and old combined. Thank You Wolf’s Bakery for making these special treats and getting them to us in a HEART Beat! We always try to support our American Mom & Pop business, as they are the Heart of our communities.   http://www.wolfsbakery.net/

Check out our local Oak Lawn Patch to hear brief reading of this recognition ceremony!   http://oaklawn.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/oak-lawn-becomes-illinois-first-purple-heart-village