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James Duax, of Palos Heights, a Navy vet from 1951-55, smiles after winning a hand-made quilt at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

James Duax, of Palos Heights, a Navy vet from 1951-55, smiles after winning a hand-made quilt at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Veterans warm up to Palos Heights breakfast celebration

By Jeff Vorva

James Duax will stay warm this winter.

Duax, a Navy veteran who served from 1951-1955, was the first winner of a raffle giving away several quilts at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10 at the Palos Height Recreation Center.

He had his choice of colors and picked a quilt that had Green Bay Packers colors. He said he is not a Packers fan, but liked the colors anyway.

Ald. Jack Clifford said that Charlotte Houston of the Oak Hills neighborhood created the quilts.

“She comes over to my house a couple of times a year with a bag of hand-made quilts for veterans,” Clifford said. “I take these to Manteno all of the time but this year, I wanted to bring them here.”

Clifford added that another resident, Alvina Petkus is a frequent donator of items to veterans.

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Veterans enjoy some chow from Royalberry on Nov. 10 at the Palos Heights Recreation Center.

Mayor Bob Straz said he was happy to see the veterans, who enjoyed breakfast from Royalberry Waffle House and Restaurant.

“It was a hard time, and we appreciate what you did for our country,” Straz said. “This is just a little something we can do to make it up to you.”

He also wanted to re-create an old-fashioned feel.

“Every corner had a VFW and my father was a commander at the VFW in Park Ridge,” Straz said. “At one time, it was the largest in the United States. Unfortunately, the last time I was up in my old neighborhood, it was closed and sold.

“We don’t have the get-together time for the veterans like we used to in the old days. This is an attempt to do that.”

 

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Mayor Bob Straz addresses the veterans during a special breakfast event.

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