The Illinois National Guard was recently recognized as Hometown Heroes of the Year. The award was presented by the Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars to the 13,000 members of the Illinois National Guard. The Illinois National Guard received this award at the 100th annual VFW State Convention in Springfield, Illinois. Officials say those who serve full time in the military trained for missions each day and the Illinois National Guard doesn’t train each day and no one was prepared for the pandemic. In the past year and a half, they did what was asked of them and even more and they deserve this honor.