As a part of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration, 200 veterans across the state of Illinois are going to be honored. Gerry Mahr of Mount Auburn was nominated, and selected to be one of those 200 veterans. Mahr says that the selection was not just for his time served, but things that he has done for his local community working at the Senior Citizens Center.
While serving in the military, Mahr actually served multiple branches.
As far as being selected, Mahr said that it is very humbling, but believes that many others throughout the state are just as deserving.
The honorees will be featured guests at the Bicentennial Party Gala, which will be held at Chicago’s United Center.