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Memorial Day ceremony in Lakeview honors LGBT veterans

Chicago, IL — Jim Darby, of the Chicago chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, spoke at a Memorial Day ceremony honoring LGBT veterans at Space Park, 815 W. Roscoe, Monday, May 28.

James Darby honors LGBT service members :: gary barlow
James Darby honors LGBT service members 
credit :: gary barlow
AVER sponsored the annual ceremony, which also included special recognition for Tech. Sgt. Leonard Matlovich (1943-1988), the decorated Vietnam War veteran who famously came out gay while still serving in the U.S. Air Force and won a court battle ordering the Air Force to reinstate him after he was discharged for being gay.

Victor Salvo and Lori Cannon talked about The Legacy Project, which plans to honor Matlovich with a plaque on North Halsted Street.
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