Aurora University honors veterans for their service
Aurora-area residents were among Aurora University student-veterans honored for their service in a ceremony Sept. 25.
Warriors Medal of Valor medals were presented to Eric Rios, Yorkville, U.S. Marine Corps sergeant 2002-2006; James Harvey, Oswego, Marine sergeant 2014-2018; Kristen Hirst, Aurora, Marine sergeant 2012-2017; Erika Garcia, Plano, Marine sergeant 2011-2012; and David Dial, Naperville, Vietnam Army veteran and chair, AU criminal justice department and liaison, AU Veterans Association.
Presenters were Richard Holstein, Bolingbrook, Native American Nations of the U.S.; and Joseph Standingbear, president, Midwest Soaring Association, Lockport. Nick Roche, Western Springs, Midwest Soaring board member, served as eagle staff bearer.
The ceremony in Tapper recital hall preceded a presentation by Rebecca Head Trautmann, project manager for the national Native American veterans memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Trautman, assistant curator of contemporary art at the National Museum of the American Indian, said memorial construction began Sept. 24.
On Sept. 24, Trautman presented "Taking Form: Material and Message in Native American Contemporary Art" at Tapper Hall. Her talk opened "THREADS: A Line from there to Here," a free, public exhibit through Dec. 13 at AU's Schingoethe Center, 1315 Prairie St. in Aurora.
Call (630) 844-4924 or visit aurora.edu/museum for more information