It’s not because yesterday’s event, the fourth at Camp Algonquin, was a failure.
Just the opposite.
The over 200 veterans, many homeless, filled the camp on the Fox River.
This is the fourth Stand Down.
McHenry County Blog has written stories about each of them:
The attendees were in various stages of eating a scrumptious lunch provided for free by Pontarelli’s Pizza at the corner of Route 176 and Oak Street (815-477-4040) in Crystal Lake and by Kyoto Japanese Restaurant on Route 14 in Crystal Lake, next to the Old Country Buffet.
Blanchard said that Kyoto chef Shawn Lee, a Chicago resident, got up at 5 A.M. to make his bounteous luncheon fair, which I can attest from three helpings was excellent. Mrs. Chris Lee said it was a several day effort. (Less than half of the Lee’s contribution can be seen to the left.)
But, back to State Rep. Chapa LaVia.
She surely knows how to talk to veterans.
After telling of her support for veterans benefits, she concluded with this strong line:
“…until I have no breath left to scream, I’ll be saying that.”
I was taking pictures, as usual, and didn’t get a chance to write down other parts of her talk.
Chapa LaVia received a rousing reception.
Earlier she had told Castillo and me that she was pushing federal congressmen to separate benefits veterans have earned from the Defense Department budget. This former Executive Office of the President budget guy agreed.
Castillo, Rep. Chapa LaVia and her husband met at the Million Veteran March, at which Castillo and she spoke and which he was one of the veterans leading the others up the mall to the United States Capitol.
When Blanchard was introducing Rep. LaVia, he said,
“Make sure they provide service.”
After lunch, I finally got a picture of the hair stylists.
Previously, I had just found empty chairs.
From left to right, you can see
- Marie Borre of Sports Clips Salon in McHenry,
- Kristina Weingartner of Blades Salon on Randall Road in Algonquin,
- Krissy Dougherty, also of Blades, and
- Nicole Borress, a third stylist from Blades.
I also found Lockport Healing Touch practitioner Karen Johnson.
I pointed out to Johnson that you can’t get from here to Lockport. She admitted that it was a two hour drive. In two hours I can be more than half way to Springfield.
McHenry County Board member Mary Donner.
She keeps telling me that I can never take a good picture of her. This one with John Blanchard received her approval.
Shortly before three Castillo and I were standing in front of the Camp Algonquin Lodge and what should occur but a traffic jam.
There were vehicles everywhere.
And, was it foggy.
But, I guess fog is better than the earlier downpour.