Aurora University honors veterans for their service

  • Local residents were among Aurora University student-veterans honored for their service in a campus ceremony Sept. 25. From left are Eric Rios of Yorkville, James Harvey of Oswego, Nick Roche of Western Springs, Kristen Hirst of Aurora, Erika Garcia of Plano, and David Dial of Naperville. Honorees received Warriors Medal of Valor medals from Midwest Soaring.

    Local residents were among Aurora University student-veterans honored for their service in a campus ceremony Sept. 25. From left are Eric Rios of Yorkville, James Harvey of Oswego, Nick Roche of Western Springs, Kristen Hirst of Aurora, Erika Garcia of Plano, and David Dial of Naperville. Honorees received Warriors Medal of Valor medals from Midwest Soaring. Courtesy of Al Benson

  • David Dial of Naperville, center, receives a Warriors Medal of Valor medal Sept. 25 at Aurora University. Dial is flanked by Richard Holstein, left, of Bolingbrook, Native American Nations of the U.S.; and Joseph Standingbear, Chicago, president, Midwest Soaring Association, Lockport.

    David Dial of Naperville, center, receives a Warriors Medal of Valor medal Sept. 25 at Aurora University. Dial is flanked by Richard Holstein, left, of Bolingbrook, Native American Nations of the U.S.; and Joseph Standingbear, Chicago, president, Midwest Soaring Association, Lockport. Courtesy of Al Benson

  • Warriors Medal of Valor

    Warriors Medal of Valor Courtesy of Al Benson

 
 
Posted11/6/2019 12:56 PM

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

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