Saturday, June 22, 2019, at American Legion Post 787, Cicero

The American Red Cross is hosting a Military Family Salute and Reconnection Brunch on Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at American Legion – James Harvey Spire Post 787, located at 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero. 

The event is free to all military families, friends, active duty service members, veterans, reservists and agency partners. In addition to a complimentary brunch, guests will have an opportunity to meet other military families and to learn about resources and programs from the Red Cross and other community service providers.

The keynote speaker is Gary B. Beikirch, a former United States Army Special Forces soldier who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. A combat medic, Sgt. Beikirch was awarded the medal for exposing himself to intense fire to rescue and treat the wounded, and for continuing to provide medical care despite his own serious wounds, during a battle at Dak Seang Camp, Vietnam.

Seating space is limited, so please RSVP by June 12 by calling 315-234-2216 or email

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military services. For more information, visit

By martha

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