CHICAGO --The City of Chicago is honoring the nation's war heroes this Veterans Day.
Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durban joined other dignitaries and lawmakers at Soldier Field this morning to honor the nation's military heroes.
"When this nation said, who among you will step forward and leave behind your family, your loved ones, to defend the American way of life? To defend liberty and freedom of all that we hold dear? Most Americans did not step forward," 8th District Democrat Rep. Tammy Duckworth said in a speech at the ceremony.
Duckworth served in the Iraq war as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. She suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm.
Retired Captain William Albracht was the keynote speaker. At 21 years old, he was the youngest captain to command combat troops in Vietnam.
Last night, there was a special veterans' observance in the Loop.
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