St. Theresa hosts annual Veterans Day Service

  • Dr. Walter Heinlein, DDS, and his grandson, Marco, at the Veterans Day Service at St. Theresa Church.

    Dr. Walter Heinlein, DDS, and his grandson, Marco, at the Veterans Day Service at St. Theresa Church. Courtesy of St. Theresa School

Submitted by Terri Kolbus

St. Theresa School was proud to host its annual Veterans Day Service at St. Theresa Church Friday, Nov. 10. Together, students, teachers, families and veterans enjoyed this traditional service.

This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Walter D. Heinlein, DDS. Dr. Heinlein attended Loyola University and later the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

Captain of the U.S. Army, he was commissioned in 1963. Heinlein received his basic training at Fort Sam Houston in 1965. After basic training, he was stationed at the Fort Sill Oklahoma Oral Surgery Clinic.

While serving in Vietnam, he was attached to the 25th Infantry Division Cu Chi for six months as acting oral surgeon, and later moved to the 196th Light infantry Brigade at Tay Ninh.

He returned to Fort Leonard Wood in May, 1967 and was placed in the Army reserve from 1967-1969.

Dr. Heinlein continued his career in dentistry as a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and later at the Harper College Dental Hygiene Program. He also held a private general dentistry practice in Glenview from 1970-2015.

Dr. Heinlein has lectured throughout the United States and Canada and has published articles in professional periodicals.

Heinlein is the grandfather of Dillon, Jaden, Jackson, Matteo and Marco. Marco is a current eighth-grade student at St. Theresa School and was honored to introduce his grandfather at the service.

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Led by the school's band and music teachers, students in kindergarten through eighth grade sang the Veterans Day medley, "America the Beautiful," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "The Brave."

Refreshments were served after the service by the Parents Association of St. Theresa School. Guests also had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the honorary guest.

St. Theresa School has been educating children in the community for more than 60 years.

For information regarding St. Theresa's Preschool through eighth-grade programs, visit or call (847) 359-1820, ext. 249.

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