Round Lake Area Exchange Club announces its March Hometown Hero

  • Lance Cpl. Derek Horn

    Lance Cpl. Derek Horn

Daily Herald report
Posted3/17/2015 1:56 PM

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club has announced the March Hometown Hero is U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Derek Horn, a 19-year resident of Trevor, Wisconsin.

Horn was registered for this honor by his grandmother, Patricia Horn of Round Lake Beach.


He is a 2013 graduate from Wilmot High School. Currently, he is aboard a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship docked in Malaysia. He is in the sniper training program and has been in the service for over a year and a half, stationed in Japan.

With the support of this month's sponsor, NICASA, Horn's "Hanging with the Heroes" care package will be filled with baby wipes, honey sticks, trail mix, beef jerky, power bars and other snacks. Also included is a personalized "Hanging with the Heroes" T-shirt donated by Artrageous of Hainesville, letters from Round Lake Area Unit District 116 students, a specially made rosary for the military from Legion of Mary from St. Joseph's in Round Lake and a piece of home.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque to Horn's family Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 a.m. Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club needs your help in getting our local heroes signed up. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. You can register your loved ones by going to

For information, visit the Hometown Hero website, which is managed by Fokoz Creative Group of Grayslake, or contact the program chair, Sherry Ridge, at (847) 740-2379.