TUSMarineLCplDanielCruzhe Round Lake Area Exchange Club and sponsor, Collision Solution, are proud to announce the May Hometown Hero, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Cruz, a resident of Round Lake Beach. He was registered for this honor by his parents, Steven and Tracy Cruz also of Round Lake Beach.

Cruz is a 2013 graduate from Round Lake High School and he is the second Marine is his family to be a Hometown Hero. Cruz has been in the Marines for one year and he is a Financial Technician. He as been awarded the National Defense Service medal.

With the generous support of this month’s sponsor, Collision Solution, Cruz’s “Hanging with the Heroes” care package will be filled with Cliff bars, Jolly Ranchers, Gatorade powder and other snacks. Also included is a personalized “Hanging with the Heroes” t-shirt (donated by Artrageous of Hainesville), letters from Round Lake Area School District 116 students, a specially made rosary for the military from Legion of Mary from St. Joseph’s in Round Lake and a piece of home.The Hometown Hero website is managed by Fokoz Creative Group of Grayslake. The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque to his family on Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30 a.m. Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club needs your help in getting our local heroes signed up. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake Areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. You can register your loved ones by going to www.rlaexchange.org/hero, five minutes is all it takes. For more information visit the web site or you can contact the program chair Sherry Ridge at 847-740-2379.