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Foundation receives AMVETS’ highest honor for improving lives of veterans and families

Kyle Bradbury

Alexandria, Va. April 4, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation accepted the Silver Helmet Award for honoring and supporting America’s military servicemen and women. Widely known as the "Veterans’ Oscar," the Silver Helmet Award has acquired a well-deserved reputation over the past 50 years as the most prestigious of all veterans organization awards.

"The McCormick Tribune Foundation has a legacy of supporting America's men and women in uniform―honoring veterans is one of the many ways we fulfill our mission to strengthen our free democratic society," said David L. Grange, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "We are extremely honored to receive the Silver Helmet. We hope the visibility of this award inspires others to continue embracing our veterans and soldiers for their sacrifices and dedication to our nation."

One particularly significant way the foundation honors military service is by installing carillons in American cemeteries around the world. Longstanding and valued partnerships with AMVETS and the American Battle Monuments Commission complement the foundation’s efforts to honor the many soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. To date the foundation has installed 13 carillons since 1993 in the U.S. and abroad including Belgium, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and northern Africa. A 14th carillon will be dedicated in Belgium this May.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation funds many initiatives to aid our nation’s service people and their families. Through a partnership with the First Infantry Division Foundation, the foundation offers scholarships to children of soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and provides financial assistance to families of fallen soldiers. The citizenship program funds many programs engaging youth on civic responsibility and military affairs. The foundation is also the benefactor of the Cantigny First Division Foundation, which honors veterans through many programs ranging from its military history series to its Veterans Day celebrations.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation receives this award 10 days prior to the April 11 opening of the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago, the nation’s first museum dedicated to helping people understand freedom, especially those addressed in the First Amendment.
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About the McCormick Tribune Foundation

The McCormick Tribune Foundation builds better lives by investing in our children, communities and country. Its charitable grant-making programs support hundreds of local and national organizations. The foundation is the benefactor for Cantigny, a 500-acre public park and golf course, and three world-class museums: the McCormick Museum, the Cantigny First Division Museum and the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. The foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co. For more information about the foundation and its efforts, please visit www.McCormickTribune.org.