Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Visits Chicago
By Ms. Brandi Schiff (ocpa-midwest)December 27, 2010
The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs hosted Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta in Chicago, Dec. 11-16, 2010. Giunta, along with his wife Jennifer, father Steve, mother Rose and teammate Staff Sgt. Brett Perry, participated in numerous events in the Windy City.
Some of the events Giunta participated in were: Local and national media interviews; A Chicago Bears game where Giunta and Perry participated as the pre-game '4th Phase Captains' and Giunta was recognized during the 3rd Quarter 'Military Salute,' in front of over 62, 000 fans at Soldier Field, in the blistering cold and snow of the Windy City; A Union League Club of Chicago Luncheon where he was the guest of honor and met with Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn; A USO of Illinois Board of Director's meeting where Giunta spoke to board members and thanked them for their support to his wife and family; A ceremony at a local Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG) Armory, hosted by the Adjutant General (TAG), Maj. Gen. William Enyart and the American Hero Foundation; A dinner with other MOH Recipients (Al Lynch, Sammy Davis, Harold Fritz and Bruce Crandall); A meeting and breakfast with the McCormick Foundation Board of Directors; An interview with the Pritzker Military Library (PML); A Meet-N-Greet with a local Boys and Girls Club; A dinner with Chicago Fire Dept (CFD) members; Tours of both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), where Giunta rang the closing bell; A Chicago Blackhawks pre-game recognition in front of over 22,000 roaring fans at the United Center and a Comcast Sportsnet interview with announcer Pat Foley; and finally, the last thing on the busy MOH Chicago tour was a meeting with Mayor Richard Daley and his Veteran's Advisory Council.