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Mothers of fallen soldiers honored

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[SEPT. 27, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Roy L. Dolgos joined Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday at a ceremony honoring Gold Star Mothers who have lost their sons and daughters in past wars.

"It is an honor to join with the Honorable Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn to pay tribute to the Gold Star Mothers and express my sincere sympathy for the loss of their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of us all," Dolgos said.

During the ceremony at the historic Soldier Field Memorial Waterfall in Chicago, Dolgos, Quinn and members of the American Legion presented 44 Gold Star Mothers with the Gold Star Banner and Gold Star Button, a keepsake to identify widows, parents and next of kin of members of the armed forces of the United States who lost their lives.

Antoinette Olive, stepmother of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Milton Lee Olive III, was among the Gold Star Mothers. Milton L. Olive III served in Vietnam and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by the Department of the Army in 1966. Thanks to Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Assistant Director Rochelle Crump, Mrs. Olive received the Gold Star Banner and Button after almost four decades.

 

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According to their website, the membership of American Gold Star Mothers Inc. is composed of mothers who lost a son or daughter in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, all strategic areas or while in service to our country. The organization was founded nationally shortly after World War I to achieve the ideals of Americanism for which their children had so gallantly fought and died.

"As a Vietnam veteran myself and the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, I am no stranger to the heroic and brave contributions of those who have stood in defense of this nation. They are the sons and daughters of the Gold Star Mothers. We will never forget their selfless acts of bravery," Dolgos said.

[Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
news release]

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