Irwin Soliday, a 100-year-old World War II veteran and Forsyth resident was a guest of State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) at the Statehouse May 23.
Rose honored Soliday on the Senate floor for his service to our country and introduced him on the Senate floor. Soliday received a standing ovation from Senators, staff, and people in the gallery.
“Irwin Soliday exemplifies the definition of ‘hero,’ answering the call to serve our country and defend freedom around the world,” Rose said. “He is a true patriot, and I was honored to have him as my guest in Springfield.”
Soliday served in World War II, fighting the Japanese Army in New Guinea. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945. Earlier this year, he celebrated his 100th birthday.
Rose also set up a meeting between Soliday and Gov. Bruce Rauner, who honored him with a commendation on behalf of the state of Illinois.
Left to right: State Rep. Brad Halbrook, Debbie Foster (Irwin’s daughter), Larry Foster, Laura Kosinski (Irwin’s granddaughter), Andrew Kosinski (Irwin’s great-grandson), Irwin Soliday, Gov. Bruce Rauner, State Sen. Chapin Rose