Preparations are underway for the inaugural celebration of the Veterans Tribute to be held Sunday, June 7 on the main campus of Kaskaskia College in Centralia. Details were discussed Monday morning during a Veterans Tribute Committee meeting. As part of the meeting, the committee honored retiring KC President Dr. Jim Underwood.
Committee members stres-sed that it’s a perfect time to hold the celebration considering work will begin soon on Phase 2 of the Tribute project.
The project started out as names of veterans written in magic marker on a poster board in the halls at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.
This project has progressed from that concept nearly seven years ago to now a reality, based on the inspiration of Jim Beasley, co-chair of the Veterans Tribute Project.
In fact, when committee member Don Berdeaux constructed a homemade model with scraps from home, including cotton balls glued onto golf tees to represent blossoming cherry trees, that's when the project really got off the ground.
Now, the project has turned into something far grander than anyone could have imagined.
This past Sunday, Germantown Fire Department hosted a live fire training class for all area firefighters at the old house on the corner by St. Boniface Church in Germantown. Over 40 firefighters from Germantown, Aviston, Beckemeyer, Hoffman, Bartelso, and Fairview Heights attended the daylong class. This free class was instructed by the Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois, through a grant program. Firefighters, being new recruits or seasoned veterans, benefited from the live fire training environment that was created. The firefighters were divided into groups of three and rotated through tasks such as: fire attack, search and rescue, ventilation, and rapid intervention for firefighters. Special thanks to all the departments for the time and dedication to learning, to the Germantown School District that donated the building to allow the valuable training, to the GFD ladies who provided rehab and lunch for the firefighters, to Breese EMS for the medical standby all day, and to the neighbors for putting up with the smoke.
The Illinois House of Representatives recently adopted a resolution honoring Cardinals Hall of Famer Albert ‘Red’ Schoendienst for his outstanding achievements and contributions made to Major League Baseball. The resolution (HR 488) was sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Meier of Okawville. Meier commented, “I introduced the resolution to honor Red because he is an Illinois native and we are very proud of his accomplishments. Red was born in Germantown just a few miles down the road from my hometown. Since 2015 marked the 70th year Mr. Schoendienst first wore the uniform and is a 10-time National League All Star, I deemed it was important for Illinois to honor one of its distinguished natives for his accomplishments.”
The resolution adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives states the following;
WHEREAS, The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals baseball season marks the 70th year since Albert “Red” Schoendienst first wore the uniform; and
WHEREAS, For 45 seasons “Red” wore the uniform as a player, coach, and manager; and
WHEREAS, “Red” Schoendienst is a 10-time National League All Star; and
WHEREAS, Albert “Red” Schoendienst was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989; and
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