- Senior Vice Commander
Presenting Purple Heart Flag to U of I On June 25th the Hayes/Krell Chapter dedicated the University of Illinois as the first university in the state to become a Purple Heart school. The ceremony took place on campus at the Chez Veterans Center. Chancellor Jones referred to this ceremony as marking a historic day for U of I, honoring the 1600 alumni who have been awarded a Purple Heart.Read More
National Purple Heart Day The Hayes-Krell Chapter commemorated National Purple Heart Day on August 7th, 2021 with a ceremony at Oak Ridge cemetery in Springfield. Shown here is Congressman Rodney Davis and Brigadier General Osberg laying the wreath at the State Purple Heart monument. The other guest speaker was Director of IDVA, Terry Prince.Read More
Presenting Purple Heart Flag to State IDVA DirectorOn Purple Heart Day the Chapter presented a Purple Heart flag to the State in the State House Rotunda. The Chapter helped create the Proclamation naming Illinois as a Purple State in January 2016. Those pictured from (L-R):
Peter Dowding, Jr Vice Commander, Chapter members, Eric Murphy and Dan Wellman, accepting the flag is the Director of the IDVA Stephen Curda, Craig Allen, Adjutant, Melanie Schaler, Auxiliary President and Joe Schaler, Commander.
Remembering Those On August 7, 2016, the Purple Heart Memorial was dedicated to all Illinois veterans who were wounded or killed in action at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. The memorial bears the Purple Heart Medal and the words, "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother" from Shakespeare's "Henry V". The Hayes-Krell Chapter covered the entire cost through donations.Read More
Celebrating Illinois becoming a Purple Heart State January 2017 the Illinois legislature approved the Chapter's Proclamation naming Illinois a Purple Heart State. Some of our Chapter members joined the sponsors Senator Bill Brady and Rep. Tim Butler and guest PJ Staab for a formal photo of this great event.Read More
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