David Sabathne of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce presented the winning entries of the annual Railroad Days Parade at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Among those honored were Richard (Dick) Truitt, with the Grand Marshall plaque. Truitt was a former Mayor of West Chicago, WWII veteran fought in Normandy and served on D-Day, and champion for the West Chicago Prairie Nature Preserve. Mayor Ruben Pineda praised him for mentoring him as a youth. Truitt turned 95 years old recently, and his son and daughter surprised him during the presentation with a bagpiper who played Danny Boy, a song his grandmother used to sing to him.
Also receiving awards for their parade entries were Smile View Dental and the Ballet Folklorico group from Community School District 33.
*Photos Courtesy of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.