Local men honored at recent Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

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HONOR 200–Randolph County had four veterans named to the Honor 200 that were honored at the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration and Honor 200 reception held on Dec. 3 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Pictured at the event are honorees: John Preston of Red Bud, Eugene Lee Hollaway of Chester and Erwin Charles “Red” Becker of Evansville. The fourth honoree, James Hector Word of Steeleville, passed away on Sept. 27.

Randolph County had four veterans named among the Honor 200 that were recognized at the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration and Honor 200 reception held on Dec. 3 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

The Randolph County veterans were: John Preston of Red Bud, Erwin Charles “Red” Becker of Evansville, Eugene Lee Hollaway of Chester and James Hector Word of Steeleville.

Preston, Hollaway and Becker were all in attendance at the Bicentennial Celebration. Word was not there as he had passed away on Sept. 27 of this year.

The Honor 200 recognition honored the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois. The recipients represent more than 50 counties across the state of Illinois. (There are 102 counties in Illinois.)

Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. In addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to all of the Honor 200 recipients from the State of Illinois and Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

The certificate read, “It is with honor and respect that we thank you for your service to your community and fellow Veterans of the State of Illinois and the United States of America.”

For more on these men, please see this week’s print edition.