Col. Eugene Scott (Ret.), left, stands with Maj. Gen. Campbell and Chicago Defender President Michael House at the Defender Charities’ Nov. 11 Veterans Day celebration in Bronzeville. Scott is president of the Defender Charities.
Each year, Col. Scott, second from right, and the Defender Charities, a non-profit community outreach organization, pay tribute to the service men and women and the sacrifices that they make or have made as part of the U.S. military. The event draws elected officials, such as Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., left, military personnel like Rear Admiral Norman Hayes, second right, and other active and retired military. Also pictured are U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-7th, second row, left, and Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), second row right.
As part of an annual salute to the nation’s veterans, ROTC students from Chicago Public Schools military schools, including Chicago Military Academy, 3519 S. Giles Ave., participate in the Defender Charities’ Veterans Day celebration. Other military schools include Bronzeville at 4934 S. Wabash. Students, in general, and education are the hallmark of the Defender Charities’ mission. Each year the organization gives hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing higher education.