On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Richard N. Tessiatore flew with 87 other WWII heroes to Washington D.C. He and his fellow veterans were escorted by Honor Flight Chicago for a day of appreciation. The goal of the day was to show these fine men and women that we have not forgotten the service and sacrifice they made for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Tessiatore is married to JCA alum, Bev (Ruffatto ’50). He is the father of Barb ’73 (Huey), Dan ’76, Nancy ’78 (Dyer), Jeff ’79, and the grandfather of Sarah ’09 and Matt Huey ’12.
Barb Huey, a registered nurse, is a member of JCA’s Health Office. When she learned her father would be participating in Honor Flight Chicago, she shared her excitement with the school.
The JCA family welcomed the opportunity to support Tessiatore. Students wrote letters to the vet for the trip’s “mail call” and members of the staff signed a poster that was presented to Tessiatore as he returned from Washington D.C.
Tessiatore was moved by the support he received from the JCA community and penned a note of thanks.
“Returning to Chicago at Midway Airport for WWII Vets on April 8 was a wonderful event and experience! Bands were playing, people were gathering and cheering – also singing military songs. Then I saw signs – yes, a large one from JCA. Thank you! Also, I received many letters from many students thanking me for my military service – yes, with very warm personal remarks. Another way JCA shows support, warmth, and loyalty to all. My hats off to you! Thanks, Dick Tessiatore.”