On July 10, 2019, three Knights (and one spouse) – Grant Buehrig, Bob Balog, and Barbara and Joe Skowronski – were part of Honor Flight Chicago welcoming 104 Veterans of WW2, Korea and Vietnam to Washington D.C. and an all-day tour of the Memorials along the Mall. There were three WW2 Veterans, 19 from the Korean War and 82 from Vietnam – the oldest was 92 and the youngest was 63! The Veterans were greeted at the WW2 Memorial by the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and Congressmen from around the Chicago area – I am sure that the Congressmen got an earful.
The Family of Man Council is proud to announce that our Worthy Chaplain, Father Donald Heet, OSFS has been named the Knight of the Month for June 2019. Father Heet leads the council spiritually through very thoughtful and thought-provoking Chaplain messages and graces the council with impactful prayer.
On the Fourth of July, Sir Knights Tom Carter and Bob Balog again celebrated Independence Day with a boom, actually six booms! These Brothers, both retired US Army Field artillerymen, volunteered to serve as two crew members on the five-man Ball’s Bluff Civil War Battlefield Cannon Demonstration Team. They rolled the cannon, a reproduction James six-pounder, out to the middle of the battlefield while a brass band from GMU played period music. They fired six rounds (powder only!) to the delight of the 75 spectators that were there.
Next Sunday, June 2, is your last opportunity until Fall to join the Knights of Columbus for breakfast from 8:30-11:30am in the BrownMcCarthy Auditorium.
Our charity this month is Divine Mercy Care. The Family of Man Council, working with other Knights councils in our area, have raised enough to purchase an ultrasound machine. The goal of this charity breakfast is to support the other life-affirming services they provide.
On Wednesday, May 8th, several members of the Family of Man Council hosted 99 Veterans, including 13 from WWII, who came to Washington from the Chicago area. Three of our Brothers accompanied the Veterans throughout their visit: Joe Skowronski, Grant Buehrig and Bob Balog. Brother Mike Wells was also at Dulles Airport to welcome these gallant men and women and get them on the way to visit the National Memorials.