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Daley pays tribute to veterans

November 10, 2010 5:34:44 AM PST
firefighters. He saids they make great public servants.

The mayor spoke at a Veterans Day celebration in the Harold Washington Library. The nation marks Veterans Day on Thursday. Daley stressed that military veterans receive extra points when their Chicago employment exams are scored.

Earlier in the day, Daley helped dedicate a new plaza at the entrance to O'Hare Airport Tuesday honoring both active armed services personnel and veterans.

The exterior walls are inscribed with the words "In honor of those who serve."

Within the oval memorial are nine flagpoles. The tallest pole in the center is reserved for the American flag and the POW flag.

The plaza is located in the highway median between the traffic lanes into and out of the airport.

O'Hare is forever linked to our armed forces. During World War II, the location was known as Orchard Place-Douglas Field, where the Douglas Aircraft Company built C54 cargo planes for the war effort. After the war, it was renamed to honor naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Edward "Butch" O'Hare.


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