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Veterans Day Parade
On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 1:00pm, the Village of Hillside and the Broadview/Hillside American Legion Post #626 will host our 16th Annual Veterans Day Parade starting from the Village Hall and proceeding east on Butterfield Road to Wolf Road and north to the Commons. The 2018 Grand Marshal is U.S. Army – Korean War Veteran Ken Patete. If you have a scout group, organization or business, etc. that would like to participate in our parade, please call Evelyn at 708-202-4343.
Photo Gallery: 2016 Veterans Day Parade
Our 2018 Grand Marshal Kenneth Patete was born and raised in Chicago. In February of 1953 he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and served in the Far East Command with the 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment. They were rotated from Korea to defend Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido and to maintain maximum combat readiness in the event of their re-intervention in Korea.
He was rotated back to the U.S. as Specialist 4th class in February 1955 and honorably discharged serving 6 more years in the inactive Army Reserves. Ken received the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Korean Government for his participation on behalf of the people of Korea. After leaving the service, Ken worked in the corrugated industry and eventually married and bought a home in Hillside. It was here, he and his wife Kathleen, raised 2 boys, Kenneth and Jeffrey and 2 girls, Terri Lynn and Kimberly. Later, Ken operated his own design and sales company of corrugated containers from his home in Hillside.
In the early 60’s, when Hillside began developing the Hillside Civil Defense, Ken and several neighbors made up the original group of volunteers. This involved outfitting a truck with equipment and providing assistance during severe tornado and/or disasters locally. To further their ability to provide assistance, they trained with the Hillside Fire Department. Ken is the only living survivor of that first group of volunteers. The Hillside Civil Defense later evolved into what is now known today as the Emergency Management Agency of Hillside.
Ken went on to serve 20 years as a volunteer paid-on-call Hillside firefighter. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant. Ken is a Life Member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, a member of Sheridan’s 1st Cavalry Chapter and Legion Member at Post 626 Broadview/Hillside. He and his wife are parishioners of St Domitilla Church and are retired and enjoying good times with their many friends here in Hillside.