On July 11, 2015, resident veterans from Alden Gardens Des Plaines Assisted Living Communities attended a Traveling WWII Memorial event at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines. Pillars of Honor brought an original-scale model of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. to WWII veterans unable to travel and visit the actual Memorial.

“I enjoyed the Traveling Veteran experience,” said Bill Choronzak, who is a resident of Alden Gardens of Des Plaines Assisted Living Community and served in the Army from 1941-1945. “It was a nice affair and I enjoyed being with fellow service people. My son shared the experience with me and that was nice. The war was so long ago but remembering all the people that served with me is something I’d like to do again.”

The event featured a formal presentation of the colors, live patriotic musical performances, a historical presentation of the WWII Memorial, guest speakers, members of the military and representatives from various Veteran Service Organizations.

Thanks to the Frisbie Senior Center and Pillars of Honor, three Alden Gardens of Des Plaines Assisted Living Community residents experienced a very memorable afternoon.

  • Bill Choronzak who served in the Army from 1941-1945
  • Bernard Willerth who served in the Army from 1944-1946
  • John Piazza who served in the Air Force from 1943-1946

Alden Gardens of Des Plaines Assisted Living Communities are very proud to know these wonderful veterans!