West Chicago City Council honors 2019 Railroad Days Parade winners

  • West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, center, congratulates Richard "Dick" Truitt, second from right, for the Grand Marshal Award from the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce for his community involvement. The bagpiper was a surprise gift from his family, at left, to celebrate his recent 95th birthday.

    West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, center, congratulates Richard "Dick" Truitt, second from right, for the Grand Marshal Award from the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce for his community involvement. The bagpiper was a surprise gift from his family, at left, to celebrate his recent 95th birthday. Courtesy of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce

  • Representatives of Smile View Dental accept an award at the West Chicago City Council meeting for their Railroad Days Parade entry.

    Representatives of Smile View Dental accept an award at the West Chicago City Council meeting for their Railroad Days Parade entry. Courtesy of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce

 
Submitted by Rosemary Mackey
Updated 8/23/2019 8:02 PM

David Sabathne of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce presented the winning entries of the annual Railroad Days Parade at the West Chicago City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 19.

Among those honored were Richard "Dick" Truitt, with the Grand Marshal plaque. Truitt was a former mayor of West Chicago, World War II veteran fought in Normandy and served on D-Day, and a champion for the West Chicago Prairie Nature Preserve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Mayor Ruben Pineda praised him for mentoring him as a youth.

Truitt turned 95 years old recently, and his son and daughter surprised him during the presentation with a bagpiper who played "Danny Boy," a song his grandmother used to sing to him.

Also receiving awards for their parade entries were Smile View Dental and the Ballet Folklorico group from West Chicago Community School District 33.

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