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Village Tavern of Long Grove hosts pig roast for veterans

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Submitted by the Village Tavern of Long Grove

The Village Tavern of Long Grove will host its second annual concert for our veterans and active military families from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24.

There will be bands all day, a kids' area with games and plenty of seating. They will be roasting a pig, grilling brats and hot dogs. All are invited to come and support veterans and their families.

This concert came to be after a trip to the Veterans Affairs and will now become an annual tradition.

"My husband served as a Marine in Vietnam and we went to the VA to apply for medical benefits," Mary Ann Ullrich said. "After completing the paperwork and interview, the officer across the desk from us stood up and shook Chip's hand and said, 'Thank you for serving your country.'

"Needless to say, he was overwhelmed and moved to hear those words so long overdue. On our way home we talked about how much that 'thank you' meant and that he was probably not alone."

A hand shake and a "thank you" is what the Ullrichs want to share with fellow soldiers July 24. Chip Ullrich also has now finished his cancer treatments and is ready to party and play his harmonica again this year.

The Ullrichs want to make the pig roast free to veterans and active military. They are asking area residents to contribute their time, financial support and donate raffle items to benefit Operation Airlift.

The Village Tavern is also accepting cards and letters of appreciation and items for care packages that will be sent to troops serving abroad through Operation Airlift.

The Village Tavern is at 135 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Reach Mary Ann and Chip Ullrich at (847) 634-3117 or