On June 4, Villa St. Benedict once again celebrated a high honor given to a resident and World War II veteran. Ray Kammer, former First Sgt. Army Airborne Engineers, participated in an Honor Flight to the nation’s capital. Kammer served for three years, with two being spent in the European campaign.
An early morning flight left from Chicago’s Midway airport and landed at Dulles in Virginia. Once on land, the local fire department welcomed the group with an arch of water shot over their plane. Five busloads of veterans and their volunteer companions then left for a tour which included the WWII Memorial. It was there that Kammer got to shake the hand of Senator John McCain who thanked him for his service.
Upon arriving back in Chicago, Kammer had another surprise in store. Members of his family greeted him with posters of his army discharge photos. He then noticed a group with blue tee shirts waving American flags and it was none other than the VSB residents and staff. All in all, Kammer said, “This was an unforgettable experience where I met many wonderful people.”
We salute you, First Sergeant Kammer!