As is tradition at the Illinois State Fair, the first Sunday of the proceedings was set aside to honor veterans. The national Veterans of Foreign Wars commander addressed a crowd under sunny skies at the Director's Lawn.
“Battlefield medicine has advanced to such a point,” John Stroud said, “that if a wounded hero gets medical attention within the first five minutes of injury, they've got a 97 percent survival rate.” He said he recently visited a man who lost both legs – but was eager to return to the field.
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Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and state agriculture director Bob Flider – both Army parents – spoke, as did the son of a Navy veteran, Gov. Pat Quinn.