VAC Honors Rick Murray

March 29, 2014

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County recognized Rick Murray, a United States Army Paratrooper, who served during the Korean War, and best know for his beautiful bass voice, singing “The Star Spangled Banner and America The Beautiful”.

Andrew, Bruce, Sr. Vice Commander

Andrew Brown (accepting award on behalf of Rick Murray), Bruce Parry, and the Sr. Vice Commander


Andrew Brown holding Rick Murray’s VAC of Cook County Award

Speech by Rick Murray,  Read by Andrew Brown.

Supt. Zaragoza, fellow veterans, family, and friends,

Thank you for your kindness.  I extend special thanks to the Veteran’s Assistance Commission of Cook County for their thoughtful appreciation in honoring my achievements today. Due to a previous obligation with my music, I regret not being able to be here before you.

We’re all Veterans together.  Being members of the Veteran’s Association of Cook County, we all have a responsibility to work toward protecting our rights and our family’s rights.  We’re supposed to be doing that through education, communication, and technology.  So let’s go home and do just that……….with a smile on our face and love in our hearts.


Rick Murray

Rick Murray

Thanks again,

Rick Murray

555th PIA
“Airborne all the way”