Ex-POW convention in Springfield April 9-10

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Next month, Illinois Ex-Prisoners of War (Ex-POW) from throughout the state will gather in Springfield for the 2007 Illinois Department State Convention and Recognition Ceremony, set for April 9-10 in the state capital. The two-day event includes the following:

The annual April 9 Ex-POW Recognition Ceremony, at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Department of Illinois 2007 Annual Convention, April 9-10 at the Springfield Hilton.

The Department’s annual 50/50 raffle drawing April 10.

Each year on April 9, more than 100 Illinois Ex-POWs and their families visit the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield for a special ceremony honoring their courage and service to the nation. Held on the north lawn, the Illinois Ex-POW Recognition Ceremony pays tribute to U.S. service men and women who were imprisoned in all wars—with prayers, speeches, a military honor guard, and anthems played by the Springfield Municipal Band. This year’s ceremony starts at noon in the north garden of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, at Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Springfield.

The program includes personal testimonials by the veterans themselves, and an honor guard salute by the Inter-veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and Voiture 344 of the Forty and Eight. A yellow-ribbon ceremony honors those military personnel who still remain unaccounted for. All Illinois Ex-POWs and their families are invited to attend. Military veterans and interested citizens are also welcome at the event.

The two-day Illinois Ex-Prisoner of War Convention at the Springfield Hilton starts Monday with the Recognition Ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, registration and hospitality from 3-5 p.m. at the hotel, and a 5:30 p.m. buffet dinner at VFW Post 755. Tuesday’s schedule includes a 9 a.m. Memorial Service at the hotel, followed by a business meeting and election of officers. Starting at 6 p.m., the 2007 Illinois ExPOW Convention Banquet includes an awards program and the annual 50/50 raffle drawing, the organization’s primary fund-raiser.

This October, the Illinois Department will host hundreds of American Ex-Prisoners of War from throughout the country at the 2007 National Convention of American Ex-Prisoners of War in Springfield. Planning for this major event will take place April 10 at the organization’s state convention.

For convention registration, accommodations, or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, contact Adjutant Marylou Andersen, 1244 Red Oak Court, Elgin, IL 60120 or call 847-717-0343. For other information, call Commander Bob Foster at 217-438-2136.

2007 AXPOW Department of Illinois Convention Schedule

The 2007 Department of Illinois convention will be held April 9-10 at the Springfield Hilton, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701, phone 217-789-1530. The convention room rate is $79 per night. The hotel is in the heart of the downtown area, within easy walking distance of historic sites and shopping, and is accessible for those with disabilities. The convention schedule includes the following:

Monday, April 9

No business meetings planned for the day

3 p.m.—Hotel check-in and Convention Registration on the Mezzanine Level

3:30 p.m.—Hospitality Room open with food and beverages

4 p.m.—Department Officer Meeting in the Hospitality Room

5:30 p.m.—Buffet Dinner at VFW Post 755, $10 per person

Tuesday, April 10

8 a.m.—Convention Registration: $40 convention with banquet, $15 for convention only.

9 a.m.—Convention Opening and Memorial Service

10 a.m.—Discussion about National Convention

11:30 a.m.—Lunch (On your own, although the Hospitality Room will be open)

1 p.m.—Commanders Time: Nomination and election of 2007-2008 officers

6 p.m.—Department Banquet and Awards Program

Registration fee, including the banquet, is $40. Those desiring to attend the convention but not the banquet will be charged a $15 fee. Please address all inquiries and requests to Marylou Andersen, 1244 Red Oak Court, Elgin, IL 60120 or call her at 847-717-0343. Information is also available from Bob Foster at 217-438-2136.

From the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue

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