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Waubonsee Community College hosted a Veterans Day observance ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, to recognize veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. World War II U.S. Army veteran Art Sheridan, of Aurora, delivered the keynote remarks, sharing his story and calling on veterans to serve their communities back home as they served their country.

Waubonsee Hosts Veterans Day Observance, Honors WWII Veteran Art Sheridan

World War II veteran Arthur Sheridan, of Aurora, salutes as members of the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 post the colors, including the flags of the United States and of the Sugar Grove Legion Post, during a Veterans Day observance Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

Arthur Sheridan regrets not stepping forward sooner.

For decades, Sheridan, an Aurora resident and U.S. Army veteran of World War II, chose to live his life after returning home from combat in Europe in the 1940s, working his job and raising his family.

However, at the age of 80, he said, he was encouraged to get involved in his community and tell the tales of his service.

Sheridan’s story begins with his decision to enlist at 17 years old, and ends with a race across Europe as a member of the 20th Armored Division, culminating in the attack on Munich, Germany, and liberation of the infamous Dachau concentration camp.

Tuesday, Sheridan, who now serves on the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, shared his story during keynote remarks of the Veterans Day observance ceremony at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

While recounting his story, Sheridan also encouraged fellow veterans to engage in public service and encouraged those in the community to welcome veterans back into the fabric of civilian life on the homefront.

“Our veterans need advocates,” Sheridan said. “Not just so they can secure the benefits they should receive, but so we can all be remembered during our years.

“Every able-bodied veteran is ready, willing and equipped to serve his community,” Sheridan said.

The event also included parading of colors and a placement of a wreath by representatives of American Legion Post 1271 of Sugar Grove, a reading of President Obama’s Veterans Day Proclamation by Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek, and performance of patriotic musical selections, including The Star-Spangled Banner, directed by Waubonsee Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Mark Lathan.