Lansing festival honors those who served

2013-10-13T20:01:00Z 2013-10-14T18:18:52Z Lansing festival honors those who servedBy Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 13, 2013 8:01 pm  • 

LANSING | The men and women who coordinated the village’s Autumn Fest celebration this year included a tribute to the U.S. military.

In return, two Marine Corps drill sergeants put those organizers to the test Sunday to see if they were fit for the military.

The military tribute program Sunday on a stage erected near Ridge Road and Henry Street included a portion where the members of the Lansing Association for Community Events were called out before the public, where Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Cheramie and Sgt. Justin Jones gave them some basic training.

The Times will show those committee members the courtesy of not revealing which members could not tell their “right” from their “left,” which ones had trouble standing at attention properly, or which ones burst into giggles every time a command was given.

Cheramie and Jones had the group running back and forth as punishment for such offenses as not standing at attention properly or bursting into laughter when commands were given.

“You people want to play games?,” Cheramie barked to the group at one point, before having them run more laps.

Jo-Ellyn Kelley, owner of the J.J. Kelley’s Restaurant & Pub and also a member of the group who underwent the drill, said though she supports the military fully, she would not last long amongst the ranks.

“No, I’m not fit,” she said.

Kelly said she was pleased to see a crowd of more than 50 people on hand for the military program.

“To see all these people on hand to watch this, that makes me happy,” she said.

Bill Schroeder of the Marine Corps League’s Calumet Detachment thanked those who came out Sunday morning for the program, which also included performances by the Illiana Christian Chamber Choir and the Wolffgang Choir from Hobart High School.

“We should applaud them for being patriots,” he said.

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