As people across the country celebrated the Fourth of July with parades, barbecues and fireworks, Mokena Mayor Joe Werner found another way to pay tribute.
Werner and the Mokena Mayor's Charitable Foundation hosted a Veteran's Breakfast at to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
“It's a national birthday, it's a day that I think is a fitting day to turn around and say to all these [veterans],” Werner said, “first thing in the morning, the first thing you do, is you get up and say thank you to all these [veterans].”
Before Mokena's Fourth of July parade, Werner hosted veterans at St. John's, with food prepared by . As vets came and went, the food flew off the buffet line, which was lined with scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages and pancakes.
For the vets it was a chance to see old friends, make new ones and kick off the start of the nation's birthday celebration.
“We really like this. It's a chance for us to sit with our compadres and swap stories and enjoy breakfast,” said Navy veteran Al Stoll.
Following the breakfast, vets climbed aboard one of nearly 15 vintage military vehicles that were taking part in the parade, which stepped off at 10 a.m.
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