Area Communities Honor Their Veterans

Vietnam veteran Karl Puthoff is greets his grandchildren at Fort Loramie's Veteran's Day ceremony.
Staff Writer

Minster, Fort Loramie and New Bremen schools held their annual Veterans Day programs on Friday, Nov. 10.

At Minster lining up by their service branch and led into the gym by students holding placards denoting branches – Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army, they strode in single file to be welcomed and introduced by service branch to the gathering of students, teachers, friends and family by Principal Dr. Jason Spencer, who announced them by name. With a smile and a wave they acknowledged the appreciation from the audience’s clapping for them.

Minster American Legion Auxiliary President Deb Meyer gave a brief description about the colors and their proper etiquette followed by Minster Boy Scouts of Troop 44 and Girl Scouts from Troop 20312 presenting the colors and the Minster Junior High choir singing the national anthem.

Guest speaker Geoff McDaniel spoke of his time in the Army serving in Korea and his job a photo analyst which he continues to do to this day as a civilian at Wright-Patterson AFB. He offered a slide presentation to give the audience an idea of how he approaches his job and what he looks for in analyzing photographs.

The stories of five area veterans were told by Fort Loramie students during the Veteran’s Day ceremony at a packed gymnasium on Friday morning with the theme of Sacrifice and Service.

Ashley Harrod, Jim Bornhorst, Sonny Meyer, Jim Koppin and Karl Puthoff were honored at the event.

Fort Loramie students interviewed the veterans and presented their story at the event, followed by being greeted by Fort Loramie students – and in the cases of some the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the honored vet.

The appreciative crowd also viewed a video honoring veterans and saw presenter Brad Turner given a plaque for his service to veterans by hosting Fort Loramie’s Veteran’s Day event along with the history club.