GREENVILLE — Members of the veteran’s Greenville Honor Guard were recognized for their service Friday morning at the Darke County Fair opening day ribbon cutting.
“It is my great honor to recognize these veterans,” said Robert Foster, Disabled American Veterans 2nd district commander. “When they returned home from the service they got jobs, supported a family and the community. These are our real heroes. They joined the honor guard to salute our fallen comrades.”
After the raising of the flag, Foster, along with Disabled American Veterans member Leslie Cantrell and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262 Boosters Club, honored World War II veterans Robert MacKenzie, Dale Marker and Floyd Foureman and Korean veterans Lester Thwaits and Carl Wetzel, with tokens of appreciation.
“Thank you from all of us for your dedication to the greatest country on earth,” Foster said.
Foster, who has been on the Honor Guard since the early 1990s, said over a 20 year period, the veterans in the Honor Guard have spent more than 72,000 hours saluting fellow veterans. The Honor Guard is a person or group that is the guard at a formal or ceremonial event such as a military funeral or a parade.
“I think it’s a very great privilege,” Foster said. “The men and women that kept this country free, the main reason we met today was because of the men and women that went to war, did a job and a service and they’re the ones that keep our country free and they’re still doing it today.”
Veterans that were not able to attend included Betty Simons, Clark Lease and Ralph Ruse.