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Frank Brzezeck, a World War II veteran who lives in Evergreen Park, views the EPCHS Military Wall that was completed last year in honor of all veterans who attended Evergreen Park Community High School. (Supplied photos)

Frank Brzezeck, a World War II veteran who lives in Evergreen Park, views the EPCHS Military Wall that was completed last year in honor of all veterans who attended Evergreen Park Community High School. (Supplied photos)

EPCHS hosts local veterans for free breakfast

From staff reports

Dozens of Evergreen Park veterans and relatives of current Evergreen Park Community High School students were treated to a free breakfast in the school cafeteria last Friday morning.

Members of the EPCHS’ National Honor Society and Ben Nesler, the NHS faculty sponsor, organized the yearly event that returned to an in-person format this year after the coronavirus forced its cancellation in 2020.

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Chris Bennett, a junior at Evergreen Park Community High School, stands with his grandfather, Gene Prosio, a veteran, at the EPCHS National Honor Society Veterans Day breakfast.

“I am not sure if it was because of the gap, or if people are just more grateful these days, but the veteran guests were so appreciative of the students of Evergreen Park High School,” Nesler said. “I was moved by the realization of what an amazing community we had represented.”

NHS members introduced the veterans in attendance, summarizing their years of service after interviewing them all beforehand. The American heroes who attended ranged from a World War II veteran to a recent EPCHS grad only days removed from his ROTC training.

Frank Brzezeck, the World War II vet, shared a story about how he used repurposed timbers from the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago to build his home in Evergreen Park.

Josh Gordon, a 2021 EPCHS alum, attended the breakfast with his veteran father just after his training and before he heads back to Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“Their stories, and the many others, are what make our veterans worthy of honoring not just on Veterans’ Day, but every day,” Nesler said.

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Two Evergreen Park veterans listen as EPCHS National Honor Society students speak of their accomplishments at the Veterans Day breakfast.

1 Comment

  1. Louise Wood on November 21, 2021 at 8:58 am

    I appreciate that the NHS did this for our heroes. I am from the class of 1958 and so many of my classmates were drafted for Viet Nam.

    Back then you were drafted or enlisted, so many enlisted. My three brothers EPCHS grads also served, two in the Air Force and one in the Marines.

    Those were much better times than today, we were happy and NEVER criticized for our opinion and that is what these MEN fought for, OUR FREEDOM.

    Thank you one and all, and thank you to the EPCHS National Honor Society!

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