President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners today honored veterans from five wars who were wounded in combat.
During a ceremony on Tuesday hosted by the Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County, 27 seven veterans from five wars were honored, including five who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two others were World War II veterans; three served in Korea and 17 in Vietnam. Each veteran was individually presented with a Silver Star Service Banner and Certificate by President Preckwinkle and the commissioner representing the veteran’s district. The Board also approved a resolution designating May 1 Silver Star Banner Day in Cook County, the official day to honor wounded, ill, and injured veterans.
“We are remembering and honoring the sacrifices made by our wounded warriors, and the suffering many of them continue to endure as a result of their bravery,” President Preckwinkle said. “This ceremony is also a reminder that we must offer unwavering encouragement and support to the thousands of wounded servicemen and women who are coming home from Afghanistan and who served so nobly in Iraq.”
This is the fifth year Cook County has observed Silver Star Service Banner Day and honored Silver Star veterans.