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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that June 10,  1999
 3    will  mark  the  celebration  of  the 80th birthday of Ira P.
 4    Weinstein of Glencoe; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Weinstein was born in Chicago  on  June  10,
 6    1919;  he entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 as
 7    an Aviation Cadet, trained  as  a  Navigator-Bombardier,  and
 8    rose  to  the  rank  of First Lieutenant; he flew 25 missions
 9    with the 8th Air Force 445 Bomb Group, 702nd Squadron  before
10    being  shot down over Germany on the infamous Kassell Mission
11    on September 27,  1944;  parachuting  to  safety,  he  eluded
12    capture  for 6 days and was finally held as a prisoner of war
13    in Stalag Luft 1  in  Barth,  Germany,  until  the  camp  was
14    liberated on May 11, 1945; and

15        WHEREAS,  Among  Mr.  Weinstein's  commendations  are the
16    Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the POW Medal, the  Presidential
17    Citation, American Campaign and European Campaign Medals, the
18    WWII Victory Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre; and

19        WHEREAS, He married Norma Randall while still an Aviation
20    Cadet  and  was  married to her for more than 50 years before
21    her death; and

22        WHEREAS, He returned to civilian life after the  war  and
23    moved  to Glencoe in 1952; as president of Schram Advertising
24    Company he built the agency into a successful business; and

25        WHEREAS, He is the loving father of two daughters,  Terri
26    Weinstein  and Laura Temkin and the proud grandfather of Ross
27    and Max Temkin; and

28        WHEREAS, Mr. Weinstein is a major contributor to  Women's
29    American  ORT,  was  a founding member of Congregation Solel,
30    and was an active supporter of the State of Israel; and
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 1        WHEREAS, He is also a lifetime  member  of  the  8th  Air
 2    Force  Historical Society, the Ex-POW Association, the Kassel
 3    Mission  Historical  Association,  the   2nd   Air   Division
 4    Association,  the  Jewish  War  Veterans, and the Caterpillar
 5    Association; and

 6        WHEREAS, Ira Weinstein is indeed worthy  of  our  highest
 7    praise; therefore, be it

10    we applaud Ira P. Weinstein for all the good work he has done
11    in  his  lifetime  and congratulate him on his 80th birthday;
12    and be it further

13        RESOLVED, That we  proclaim  June  10,  1999  as  Ira  P.
14    Weinstein Day in Illinois; and be it further

15        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
16    presented to him as an expression of our esteem.

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