Grandson Reviving Kup's Purple Heart Cruise In Chicago

By: E&P Staff Four years after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet's death, and a dozen years since its last lakefront cruise, Kup's Purple Heart Cruise for wounded military vets will sail again this summer.

The annual Lake Michigan cruise that Kup operated from 1945 to 1995 is being revived by his grandson, David Kupcinet.

"There's a whole new generation of young Americans at war, and there needs to be a whole new generation of Americans to greet them and show that their sacrifices are appreciated," David Kupcinet said in a Sun-Times article by Jill Parikh that announced the revived cruise.

Veterans can sign up for the free lakefront cruise, which sails at 7 a.m. July 31 from Chicago's Navy Pier and returns at 3:30 p.m., at the Web site for Kup's Purple Heart Foundation,

The first 400 vets who sign up will receive invitations to the cruise. Another 100 spots are being reserved for severely wounded veterans, David Kupcinet said.


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