May 27, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Remembering our classmates who died in Vietnam and all Veterans.

Empehi Heroes. 

Empehi Veterans

Vietnam Discussions

Memorial Day Parade Longwood Drive, Chicago

The parade kicked off from 110th and Longwood Drive and proceeded north. The Color Guard was from 2/24, the Marine Infantry Battalion on the west side of Chicago.  

I marched in a similar parade on Longwood Drive leading a large platoon of Marines in 1973. I spotted my MPHS Russian teacher Miss Petrus. I was in her Russian class in 1964-65.

We were trained to greet her, so I belted out "Привет, соя сергайана, как дела?( Zdravstvuy te, Soyia Sergeavna, a kok vi pushaviatee?!!)", Which means, "Greetings, Mrs. Petrus, How are you?!"

Soyia Sergeavna frantically looked around trying to find who was calling her, clearly one of her former students. But she did not see me and I had to keep marching in front of the platoon. I am sure she never figured out who I was, considering I was one of her worst pupils. 

Дос Веданя, Соя Сержавна. (Dos Vedanya, Soyia Sergeavna) Goodby, Mrs. Petrus

Thanks for posting Empehi Heros again this year. The older I get, the greater impact it has on me. How lucky we really were to get through that and how sad for the guys who didn't. At this age, you truly realize how much of life they missed and what a great sacrifice they made.


Jack Barber MPHS Jan 66

The Model A Roadster above looks like the Model A Roadster I drove on Longwood Drive to MPHS in 1965, although the one in the photo is in much better condition. More about my Model A at

Great fun to drive past the school in the morning, throwing the hand throttle with the spark advance to make very loud backfires, announcing that the Model A and I had arrived and were on the premises.

Click for a Bagpipe Video 
from the parade.

My personal favorite - this bus from Smith Village carried a number of World War II and Korean Veterans, including my father Clif Hullinger. 

More about Clif's service in North Africa and Italy at:

Video Histories 109th Combat Engineers 34th Division WW II

The American War Cemetery in Florence, Italy

Marie Stazzone

Thanks for sharing, Marie. My Dad's unit fought all through Italy, and some of his comrades are buried in this cemetery.

Craig Hullinger

The group above are the Southsiders for Peace.

The dance group below showing some energetic moves.

I'm getting in just under the wire here for this holiday-related blog, which deals in part with the Memorial Day Parade down Longwood Drive.  I'd love to hear what memories of that event others have, to see how they do or don't jibe with my own.

Thanks to all who have served, and absolute gratitude to those who paid for our freedoms with their lives.

Taffy Cannon, June '66
Carlsbad, California

Click below to read a blog post written by Taffy about Decoration Day:

Dear Morgan Park friends and classmates,

I have such fond memories of the Longwood drive Memorial Day Parade. We rode our bikes and decorated them with flags and crepe paper, red white and blue.

I along with several of our classmates served in Viet Nam. I was fortunate along with others survived, others did not. I recommend for your reading the book "An American Amnesia" which gives you a full understanding of the Viet Nam War. This book is by Bruce Herschensohn.

War is terrible, there are no winners, only losers. Please remember our servicemen and women who serve with honor and not by political feelings. Blessings to you all. Charlie Van Liere


I marched in the Longwood parade from Cub scouts thru high school.

Capn AL


I am collecting numerous military stories. I am posting them at . If you have a story to share send them to me at and I will post them


Since we lived at 108th Longwood the Memorial Day parade was front and center for us. My dad served in the Army Air Corps and was at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41. My husband was in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. We just finished watching on PBS the Memorial Day Concert in DC. Listening to the many stories of soldiers sacrificing their lives for our freedoms always brings tears to my eyes.

Sent from my iPad
Anita Price


2 Jun 2004 Ron Wozniak wrote:

Memorial Day and a Very Important PS

Early Monday morning I gave a concerned look at Katie and wondered why she was not ready for school yet. I knew she had off, but wanted to jack her chain a bit.

She did not fall for it, and looking at me with that "child knowing everything and parent knowing nothing look," she promptly told me it was Memorial Day, and she had no school.

I was surprised she even knew it was Memorial Day, but then asked her what that meant. Well, she didn't know, so then I told her how after the American Civil War, Southern women saw that many Confederate and Union soldiers who were killed in the fighting, did not have marked graves. 

They felt sorry for them, so far from home, and no one to properly take care of their grave, let alone mark it. It started as a tradition and spread till eventually it caught on across the nation, It was originally called Decoration Day, and finally the President of the United States declared the last Monday of May as Memorial Day.

I told her about Punchbowl and how I saw on the news  that the Boy Scouts were out there placing an American Flag at each Veterans' grave. One Boy Scout who was interviewed, placed 200 flags himself, and in all 35,000 small American Flags were put in the ground next to each grave marker. She expressed an interest to visit it, even though she initially said , "Dead people are bad and scary, and would not want to see all the decaying bodies."

The Punchbowl in Hawaii

I explained that they were not bad people, and asked if she thought her Grandparents, who she loved so much were bad people. She really did not mean "bad" as being terrible mean people. I told her the Veterans were buried under the ground and covered with nice grass, and the cemetery had lots of trees, bushes, and flowers. I asked her if she was ever at a cemetery, and she replied, "No." She actually had, but did not remember being at the cemetery when her Grandparents died.

So, we headed out on the Windward coastal ride, took our time, and visited, the Federal VA Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. There were thousands of American Flags, all in neat rows, up and down the slopes of the dormant volcano overlooking Honolulu...quite a sight. As we drove down one lane I noticed an American Flag that had blown over, stopped the jeep, got out, and up righted it, got back in and continued on. Then we saw there were more fallen over, I stopped again, and eventually Linda and Katie joined me in up righting more flags, and flower pots, that had blown over. I was real proud of both of them.

We visited the immense monument depicting the Battle of the Pacific, and let Katie go at her own pace, asking questions and wanting to "touch"

the mosaic maps of the different campaigns and battles. I think she wanted to touch them just because they were fenced off.

Anyway we got back home about 1800, had Mahi Mahi on the grill and ate outside with the tiki torches going...really nice and relaxing.

Semper Fi,

and God Bless America!!!




Woz, Beautifully written.

My Great Uncle Walter Anderson died on Kwajalein and is buried in the Punchbowl in Hawaii. On behalf of our family we thank you, Katie, and Linda for your gesture and this story.

Semper Fi

Craig Hullinger


 Letters about my Great Uncle

APO 7, c /O Postmaster
San Francisco, California

20 February 1944

Mr. & Mrs. Peter. Anderson
Murdo, South Dakota

Dear Mr. & Mrs. P. Anderson:

Words are inadequate in trying to express the feelings of the officers and men of this organization over the death of your son, Walter Anderson.

Early in this training phase Walter was singled out as an outstanding noncommissioned officer, and was assigned the duties of Platton Sgt. over numerous senior Sgts. Such an assignment meant that Walter was second in command of thirty-eight men. While serving in such a capacity the men in his platoon soon realized and appreciated his fine qualities, namely, fairness, coolness, and a great deal of common sense.

During the operation S/Sgt. Anderson became platoon commander, again in which capacity he skillfully led his men. For above action I have recommended that S/Sgt. Anderson be awarded the Bronze Star. Walter was struck by rifle fire and died shortly afterward.

Please feel free to call upon me for additional
information you may desire.

Military restrictions are such that any information you may desire concerning grave locations, dispositions of remains, effects, and other related matters will be furnished by the Quartermaster General.

You have the deepest sympathy of the men and officers of this organization in your bereavement.

Yours most sincerely

Capt. Infantry


Murdo, S. D

December 20, 1991

Dear Craig:

Walt graduated from Murdo High School in 1936, during the worst of the big depression. It was next to impossible to get a job but he worked for Edna and Helmer Liffengren most of the time until 1940.

He was one of the first volunteers for service and left from Murdo in January 1941. Basic Training in Camp Roberts in California, later in Fort Ord, CA. His outfits stormed ashore on an island in the Aleutions, Alaska sometime before 1943, but the Japanese had all left so they went on to Hawaii. Walt was a very good all around athlete so he was picked to take Ranger training while there. A very tough course, so they say.

The Navy had shelled the small island of Kwajelein, about a mile wide and two deep for days until not a tree was standing but when the infantry went in there were still enemy in underground bunkers who came out and shot 3 or 4 hundred of our men. Walt was one of them, on February 4, 1944. His body was buried nearby until the war was over. With the parents request, he is buried in the National Cemetery in Hawaii, the very beautiful Punch Bowl. We were there in 1974.

Paul Anderson (Brother of Walter Anderson,
Uncle to Louise Liffengren Hullinger


My Uncle received the Bronze Star 50 years after he earned it. My cousin knew the story that the award had been recommended, but lost in the shuffle. He wrote to his Congressman. They found the citation, and awarded it to the family.

More on my uncle below:




Memorial Day - Last Saturday in May

Memorial Day
Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day.JPG
The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.
Official nameMemorial Day
Observed byUnited States
ObservancesRemembrance of American war dead
DateLast Monday in May
2015 dateMay 25
2016 dateMay 30
2017 dateMay 29
2018 dateMay 28

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union andConfederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

May 26, 2018


BAPA Update

Racing to the Ridge Run. Advanced packet pick-up and Ridge Run registration continues this week.
Thurs., May 24 and Fri., May 25, 12 to 7 p.m., and Sat., May 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave.
Sun., May 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.
Race day registration at the park opens at 6:30 a.m. Info and registration.
Find your Complete Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade Survival Guide in The Patch.

There’s Still Time to Volunteer. BAPA still has a few spots for volunteers to help as Ridge Run course marshals to make sure runners stay on the route, and at aid stations where they hand out water. Volunteers get a great view of the racing action and a Love Where You Live volunteer t-shirt. Interested? Sign up for a volunteer spot now and select the volunteer button. Read more about the Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade in The Beverly Review.

Not Running on Memorial Day? Race down to the route to cheer on the runners and watch the parade. Races start at 8 a.m. with the 10K and continue at 8:10 for the Youth Mile and 9:30 for the 5K. The Memorial Day Parade steps off at 108th and Longwood Dr. at 10 a.m. and marches north to Ridge Park. New this year: The Bluesmobile and the IBEW Local 134 patriotic float. Returning favorites: Jesse White Tumblers, Stockyard Kilty Band, Illinois National Guard, plus lots of schools, churches and community groups. See the complete parade line up in The Patch. Area families are invited to follow the parade to the post-race festival in Ridge Park to enjoy activities, food and beverages until about noon.

Tech Tuesdays Empower Seniors to Use Technology. AT&T, Smith Village and BAPA have teamed up to help seniors take full advantage of using their iPhones, iPads and other devices at Tech Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl. The hands-on classes will be taught by Claire Richards, founder of Amplify 7, and will cover the basics of how to use tech devices, and detailed instruction on taking and managing photos; tackling everyday tech issues like texting, email, group texts and video chats; and how to use apps for Facebook, Twitter, weather, photo editing and more. Classes are free but space is limited. Smith Village residents can sign up at the front desk. Sign up is also available online or by calling BAPA, 773-233-3100.

Family Fun Nights Are On the Move. Meet us at neighborhood Metra stations for activities, food and fun perfect for the stroller crowd and their families at Family Fun Nights. On Thurs., June 14, meet at the 91st Street Metra Station and Cosme Park. On Thurs., June 21, the action will take place at the 99th Street Metra Station and the 99th and Walden Parkway business district. The series winds up on Thurs., June 28 at the 111th Street Metra Station. Weather permitting, Family Fun Nights take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and are free. Bring chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Little Company of Mary Hospital and BAPA thanks the Family Fun Nights sponsors: The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Beverly Bank & Trust, Mike Haggerty Buick –GMC- Volkswagen and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation.
Questions? Call BAPA, 773-233-3100.

Community Alert

Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives - Area South has issued a community alert regarding an attempted child luring that occurred last night at 6:20 p.m. on the 10800 block of South Washtenaw Ave.  To view a copy of the alert, please click here. Share this information with friends and neighbors in the community and report any suspicious behavior to 9-1-1 immediately.

Brews, Bags and Art June 3

The Brews, Bags and Art tournament and charity art auction was postponed due to rain. Plan to attend Sun., June 3, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Horse Thief Hollow parking lot, 10426 S. Western. The charity event will feature live music and face painting. Craft beers and gourmet hot dogs are available for purchase. $50 per team of two registration is required. No cover charge for spectators. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Players must be 21+. Info and signup.

Free Yoga at the Farmers Market

Morgan Park Sports Fitness Center will host complimentary yoga class every other Sunday beginning May 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 95th Street Farmer's Market. The class is open to all ages. The first class is a great way to stretch before the Ridge Run. Shop for produce, plants, prepared foods and lots more, meet representatives from the Gold Star Mothers monument restoration, and enjoy music by Mark Taylor. Keep up on market details.

Live Music Mondays at BAC

The Live Music Mondays outdoor summer concert series begins Mon., June 4 with a performance by Holden & Company. Concerts are 7 to 9 p.m. in the Beverly Arts Center courtyard, 2407 W. 111th St. $5 donation appreciated. Beverages available for purchase. Bring chairs; no pets or outside beverages. Info: 773-445-3838.

LCMH Pediatric Asthma Seminar

Join Pediatric Asthma Program Director B. Louise Giles as she explains asthma attack warning signs, suggests lifestyle changes to reduce these triggers and discusses treatment options for managing your child's asthma, Thurs., May 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Little Company of Mary Hospital Cancer Center Meeting Room, 2800 W. 95th St. Seminars are open to all. Info and registration, 708-423-3070.

Renaissance Academy of Saint Xavier

Membership registration is now open for the fall session of Renaissance Academy of Saint Xavier University. Renaissance Academy is an outreach activity of Saint Xavier University created for those individuals of community, retired and semi-retired, who have the desire to learn simply for the joy and excitement of learning. Info and registration or

Beverly Art Walk Banners

The 5th annual Beverly Art Walk will take place Sat., Sept. 29, 12 to 7 p.m., with artist studio tours on Sun., Sept. 23. Organizers are installing street light pole banners along neighborhood commercial corridors and are looking for sponsors. Banners will be installed the first week of August and remain until at least the first week of October, and can be personalized with a business name or logo, a family or organization name, or a special message. The deadline to sponsor and pay for a banner is July 1, and banner placement will be determined on a first-come-first-served basis. Info.

Summer Days at BAC

Registration for Summer Classes at Beverly Arts Center is now open. Classes include Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual arts and Film for ages 2 to seniors, Mon., Jun. 11 to Sat. Aug. 18. Camps for Kids & Teens run through Fri., Aug. 31. View a complete listing of classes and camps. Info and registration 773-445-3838.

Get Your Green Thumb

Kellogg's volunteer Garden Club meets Mon., 4p.m., through fall, weather permitting, to weed, plant, and beautify the grounds at Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt. All neighbors and gardeners are welcome. Info, or

Concert at The Castle

The Beverly Unitarian Church will host Anne Hills, Sat., Jun. 2 at 7 p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Hills is one of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistry and benefit work. Tickets are $20. Tickets and info 773-719-7059.

Job Club

State Rep. Fran Hurley will host Job Club Thurs., May 31, 10:30 a.m., Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Job club will help connect local job seekers with employment opportunities and resources for helping them market their skills. Speaker Jeffrey Routier, a Chicago Regional Employment Service Program Manager, will discuss state programs and services that provide links to employment. RSVP encouraged: 773-445-8128 or

Order Your Oak Tree Sapling by May 25

The 19th Ward is partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to offer free oak saplings to community residents. The saplings are approximately six inches tall and can be requested here. The deadline to order saplings is Fri., May 25.  All saplings must be picked up on Sun., June 3,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the 95th Street Farmers' Market, 95th and Longwood Dr.

Put it on your calendar . . .

95th Street Business Association outing to Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Lake Erie Crushers, Fri., June 22, tailgaiting, 6 p.m. game, 7:05 p.m., 14011 S. Kenton, Crestwood. $10. Info: 773-238-4094 or

Zeshan B and The Transistors, one of the Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know, will be performing Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St. The concert mixes Memphis R&B, Chicago Blues and the sounds of Bagewadi’s roots in India and Pakistan. Tickets $27. Info.

16th Annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic and Bikes & Brews festival, Fri., July 20, 4 to 10 p.m. New location: 101st and Longwood Dr. Info: 773-233-3100.

In the News . . . 

Ridge Run creates racing rivalry for school teams. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Cork and Kerry makes Time Out Chicago list of Chicago’s best beer gardens. Read more in Time Out Chicago.

Quantum Me unveiled on 99th Street. Read more in The Beverly Review.

MPHS alums plan reunion. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Mercy Circle hosts open house. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Local artist Didier Nolet to have Lighthouse on Mag Mile. Read more in The Beverly Review.

Memorial rededication set for November. Read more in The Beverly Review.

The deadline has been extended to May 28 for teens and adults looking for jobs through the One Summer Chicago program. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Community Calendar

Recycling Pick-Up

Week of May 27: West of Western

School Calendar

Celebrate summer at Jazzin' at the Blossom, Fri., Jun. 1, 7 to 10 p.m., Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery, 9030 S. Hermitage. The fundraiser for Kellogg School features live music, open bar, and wine and food pairings with Chef Alvin Green. $60. Info.

Sutherland Hosts May 25 'Pollinator Party' at Wild Blossom. Join us for the Sutherland Green Team's First Annual Pollinator Party, Fri., May 25, 7 to 10 pm at the Wild Blossom Meadery,  9030 S. Hermitage. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and include mead, beer, wine & soda. The Pollo Locuas food truck will be selling tacos. Tickets can be purchased online. All proceeds to benefit the expanding outdoor educational experiences at Sutherland. Come see what the buzz is about! 

Community Calendar

Vanderpoel Art Association presents The Nature of Things, impressionistic work by Mary Qian and Miguel Malagon on through Sun., June 3, Vanderpoel Gallery, Ridge Park Field House, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Malagon's work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine's Artists to Watch. The museum is open Tues. and Thurs., 1 to 4 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Garden Ministry meeting, open to all, Tues., June 5, 6 p.m., Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl. Topic: Maintaining the Garden. Learn plant identification and how to recognize weeds. Info and meeting schedule.

Beverly Neighborhood Choir spring concert Tues., June 5, 7 p.m., Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St. Free tickets available starting an hour before the concert, first come/first served basis. Info, or 312-849-8300.

abOUT Art, exhibit of LGBTQ artworks, continues through June 26, atrium gallery, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Admission is free.