Oakbrook Terrace honors vets at park ceremony
Roger Kight holds his grandson Anthony James Kolar, 4, during the Oakbrook Terrace Park District's Veterans Garden Ceremony. | James C. Svehla~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2013 4:46PM
OAKBROOK TERRACE — Roger Knight lived in Oakbrook Terrace from 1985-2002 and was invited back as one of 10 honorees at the third annual Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the Oakbrook Terrace Park District.
What Knight didn’t know before coming to the ceremony was that a commemorative brick engraved with his name was added to the Veterans Garden area of Dorothy Drennon Park, which now has 48 such bricks with the names of veterans.
But Knight’s brick also has the name “Sam” on it. Sam was the scout dog with which Knight worked when he served in Vietnam from 1966-68.
“They did a great job with this ceremony and garden; it’s very nice,” said Knight, 64. “When we came home from Vietnam, we didn’t get any respect at all, so it’s nice now to have something like this.”
Dennis Greco, 43, is another veteran who attended the Nov. 9 ceremony. He served in the Army from 1984-88. Living across the street from the park, Greco gets to see the Veterans Garden every day.
“It’s a good thing,” he said. “The park is well used by neighborhood kids, and when the adults walk through, they’re able, without even thinking about it, to look at some history.”