Home for the Holidays…
Chances are you know a military family. Perhaps a grandfather or uncle who recounts stories of a war, a co-worker who served in Vietnam, or a neighbor whose son or daughter has served in Afghanistan or Iraq or one of 150 countries around the world where active-duty personnel serves outside the United States and it’s territories. Military families are affected any time a family member is deployed, even if they are stateside serving or training on United States soil. The holidays are particularly difficult when a loved one is away from home and in harm’s way. War is hell—and it doesn’t stop for the holidays. It doesn’t stop for Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or Passover. It’s a difficult time for the soldier longing to be “home” and difficult for the family at home praying for safety and looking at an empty chair at the holiday meal.
Read about Christmas for some Westmont veterans and how some local families are spending the holidays this year.
Photo: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence chief, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waves to FOB Salerno in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas Dec. 25, 2012. U.S. Army photo: Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs.
There’s a lot to be proud of in Westmont and Westmont citizens have a long history of community involvement. Now there is a new way to get involved and make the community even greater. Find out how here.
Coming soon—the Westmont Directory
A valuable community resource. Read all about it.
State of the Village reviewed
Mayor Gunter gave the annual State of the Village presentation in November. Read about it here. Plus holiday schedules.
Chamber introduces new app for smart phones
The Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau has a fun new tool to help you find the best deals in town!
Get ready to read!
The Westmont Public Library has been working hard and introduces Westmont Reads.
Earth to school: the WHS garden
Lisa Hootman, Westmont High School science teacher, facilitated a garden project. Last year’s garden produced over 550 lbs. of organic vegetables.
A message from the Mayor
The Village has had an exciting year. Read Mayor Gunter’s message here.
Holly Days are in full swing
The Westmont Park District has all kinds of activities for the holidays!
Westmont player goes to National All-Star Bowl
Plus holiday activities and more in Around the Block.
Mayor Rahn remembered
The Village of Westmont lost a valuable community member. He is remembered here.