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Graduation Day For Lincoln Cemetery Memorial Volunteers

Jennifer Orr. (Credit Jennifer Orr)

This is graduation day for new volunteers for the memorial squad at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

They are the men and women who have trained to give veterans a burial with honors at the cemetery.

The youngest is 34-year-old Jennifer Orr, who has already been part of the squad – during her training – and had the chance to meet veterans’ family members.

“They’ll come up and shake your hand or even try to follow us back to our staging area to thank us. So it’s very gratifying.”

Wib Lewis with Keenan Orr. (Credit: Jennifer Orr)

In formation, Orr stands right next to Wib Lewis – at 93, the oldest member of the squad – and a World War Two veteran who repaired and operated radar – then in its early stages.

“It was very secret. I couldn’t even tell my wife about it,” he said.

Lewis says he’s pleased when young people join the squad.

“It shows me that there’s some patriotic people around.”

Read the full article and watch the video at the Chicago Tribune.