The Union League Club of Chicago has been marking George Washington’s birthday with an annual gala event for 124 years. The ULC George Washington Birthday Gala is meant to be a “salute to patriotism” and aims to not only celebrate America, but also Chicago. This year the keynote speaker was Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Mayor Daley has the distinction of being the longest-serving mayor in Chicago, serving for over 20 years. Daley has been credited with implementing innovative, community-based programs in Chicago, improving the quality of Chicago’s public education system, and working hard to reduce crime in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Mayor Daley addressed the ULC on a number of different topics, including his service to community, his stance on gun control, and his views on public school education. In addition to discussing his own political views, Daley also paid tribute to his father, Richard J. Daley’s, service as the former mayor of Chicago.
In addition to Mayor Daley’s address, the ULC gala event featured the famous bagpipe music of the Chicago Police Department’s Pipes and Drums, along with some songs by soprano Elizabeth Norman. Students from Carver Military Academy, a member of Chicago’s Public School System, presented the flags’ colors to kick off the event.
The ULC event was meant not only to honor past patriots with speeches and music, but was also meant to encourage future patriotism in Chicago area youth. Three extremely talented and deserving Chicago area high school students were given the ULC’s Democracy in Action Award, which honors Chicago’s young civic leaders.
In attendance was Chicago personal injury attorney Robert Kreisman, a member of the ULC’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC). The PAC serves as the conduit for the ULC’s involvement in Chicago public policy and civic affairs. Events like the George Washington Birthday Gala allow the PCA not only to honor past civic excellence, but to foster future civic duty in Chicagoans of all ages.
Chicago’s Kreisman Law Offices has been representing Chicago families and individuals for more than 35 years in Illinois personal injury lawsuits in and around Cook County, including Bridgeview, Beverly, Cicero, and Palatine.
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