VIDEO: Art Ellingsen hands out Verizon Kyocera smartphones so Navy recruits can call family and friends while spending a day at Christian Liberty Academy with a feast for a lunch and a pizza dinner.
Following a police and Warriors’ Watch Riders escort, Navy Recruits from Naval Station Great Lakes enjoyed a day with great meals, Verizon Wireless Kyocera smartphones for for calling and Skyping family and friends, computer Internet access, video games and relaxation.
The event was organized by Bob and Linda Stack, parents of Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, who was killed in Afghanistan in November 2010, leaving behind his 19-year-old widow, Katie, and a 1-year-old daughter.
Supporters with American flags lined Ridge Avenue Supporters cheering, thanking the recruits, and wishing them a Merry Christmas as the recruits arrived at Christian Liberty Academy.
The recruits had been isolated from television and the Internet since early November and are set to graduate in January. They were very happy and appreciative to receive today’s amenities. Some were in tears as they contacted friends and relative for the first time in since the beginning of November.
This year Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes, a retired lieutenant colonel with U.S. Army, welcomed the recruits with a speech before activities and meals.
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