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Military veterans to be honored July 25

PROPHETSTOWN — Prophetstown American Legion Post 522 will host a special program honoring military veterans on July 25 in Prophetstown and the public is invited.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Prophetstown Eclipse Square Veterans Memorial Park on Route 78 at Railroad Street. Col. James Wilhite, U.S. Army retired, will be the guest speaker. He will talk about his military career and his time spent in Afghanistan.

Wilhite started his military career in 1966 and has served as a non-commissioned officers for 12 years. He attended drill sergeant school in 1968 and attained the rank of sergeant first class. In 1979, he received a direct commission as first lieutenant and in 2002 he was promoted to colonel and was selected as liaison officer for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. In 2004 and 2005, he served in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor. Following his retirement from the military, he wrote a book titled "We Answered the Call" and he will have books available.

All military veterans will be honored this evening.

The Prophetstown Boy Scouts will have sandwiches and beverages available beginning at 7 p.m. and Thicksten Popcorn will be available at the park.

In the event of rain, White will speak at the United Methodist Church in Prophetstown.

After the program, music will be provided.

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