Memorial Day,as it is every year,was honored all over the country this year. But in a small community near Downtown Chicago, a breakfast was held that raised money for veterans and service members in need. The breakfast event,held in Deerfield,IL near business apartments and other suburbs like Downer’s Grove,was held by the Support Our Soldiers Freedom organization,a non-profit that is dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to veterans and other service members who are in need.
A Deerfield resident named Marilee Papale started the organization in 2015 after she discovered that her Air Force veteran husband was having trouble finding resources after serving his country. The couple,who lives near one of the city’s furnished rentals,also has other relatives that are veterans who experienced similar issues.
“To try to go out and get help outside of what the military does is extremely difficult,” Papale told a freelance news reporter at the Memorial Day Breakfast. “As a civilian who is thankful for the freedom we have,this is what I wanted to do to help fill those gaps.”
This isn’t the first Memorial Day event that the organization has held. Last year the group hosted a 5K,and this year they are attempting to host something a little more unique – a virtual 5K that can be participated in by people from all over the world.
On top of all that,the S.O.S. organization goes one step further when it comes to supporting the troops by offering scholarships to students who are planning on entering the military out of high school,something that is greatly appreciated by many families in the Deerfield Community.
Whether it’s a nice little breakfast or a 5K race,getting the community together to support the troops on Memorial Day is always a good thing.