Supporting our American Heroes

I have a great many friends and family members who proudly serve in our armed forces. With much of Lake County being so close to a base {Naval Station Great Lakes} I’m sure you also know many military families as well. How do you try to support the ones you know and the ones you don’t?

Supporting our American Heroes

This month is the month of the Military child and MiaLynn has shared some activities and events going on for military children. If you know some maybe you can offer to take them on playdate and give mom a break?

You can also support our local base by visiting the Naval Museum and attending their events. Monthly they host a children’s activity that is free to the public. The next one is May 10:

“Ultraviolet Light and You!” Activity for Children
Great Lakes Naval Museum
42 Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes

 Learn about ultraviolet (UV) light and how it affects museums and you!  This event is free and open to the public.  Simple experiments with UV light, filters and sunscreen help children learn about light.  Conduct UV filter experiments and make/take home a UV bead bracelet!  All supplies will be provided.

Supporting our American Heroes

You can also support the military through your purchases. I recently was able to try CK Mondavi Wines. I love finding affordable wines that taste good but CK Mondavi goes beyond that. They are American grown/made and have a commitment to our military. The winery was established in 1940 and remains a family own business being run by Peter Mondavi Sr, a World War 11 veteran.

Peter Mondavi of CK Mondavi Wines
Peter Mondavi Sr.

This summer CK Mondavi is doing even more. A percentage of each bottle sold between May-August will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund {up to $50,000}. Funded entirely by public donations the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves US Military personal wounded or killed in service to our nation and their families.

While you make plans for your summer parties or Mother Day brunches pick up a bottle or two of CK Mondavi, and help those that have helped us.

Mondavi Family

 Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Girl Scouts in Service Unit 415 (Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills) participate in a short Memorial Day “parade” from the Libertyville Metra Station to Cook Park where a Memorial Day program is held. The parade starts at 9:30 am. for anyone interested in attending!

  2. I feel like I am always the youngest person at the local Veterans Day ceremonies. Also I have bought dinner for veterans and families when I see them out at the same restaurant I am at.

  3. I have a lot of men in my family that served. And you’re right growing up near Great Lakes it’s simply part of life. Of course it has a totally different feel as I have grown up and become a mother. The young men at the base have gone from being good looking guys in uniform to someone’s baby.
    On 9-11 I watched TV and swore I wouldn’t bring a child into such a world, but as they tend to do, things changed. Despite my “plans” and even precautions I have been blessed with THREE handsome boys. I am always thankful for the members of the service (as well as their families) that I can raise them with relatively little daily fear and with freedoms much of the world dreams of.
    Although we should probably do it more, we do as a family make an effort to personally thank service men and woman on a regular basis. When we are able, we like to get small gift cards and surprise random boot camp graduates while we wander the mall. It’s pretty amazing to see their reactions, especially when they are approached and presented with these lil gifts from my kids! I wish I could do more!

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