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Bath Memorial Day observance memorable

6/6/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Duty, service and country were the words that served as the theme for the 13th annual Memorial Day observance in Bath Township on May 27, 2013. Our community gathered to honor members of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in service to our country and to fight for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

From the raising of the flag to the 21-gun salute, the event was a memorable one for many veterans and families in attendance. Inspirational words from Maj. Gen. Dan Hahn, who presented the Memorial address, served as the backdrop for a day that left everyone humbled.

While the Memorial Day observance was a great success, equally important is the recognition due those members of the independently functioning committee who made the day possible. Their planning for this event, months in advance, guaranteed success. Special thanks are extended to committee members Bill Moats (chairman), Donald Allen, Harold Allan, Ken Baldwin, Ernie Estep, Dave Hartman, Peter Kesler, Mary Ann Krejci, Dick Krejci, Jack Marshal, Carolyn Neidert, Paul Neidert, Robert Patterson, Kathy Sidaway, Barbara Toth and Ron Weintraub. Karen Beres served as the Bath Township Service Department liaison, and township administrative liaisons were Jan Schutte-Reed and Hannah Krumheuer.

Since its inception, the Memorial Day event has been an important part of Bath Township’s history. Charter members of the original committee shared a common vision for honoring our nation’s fallen heroes, and their commitment to Bath Township and to country is appreciated. Those charter members include David Darst, Bob Elrod, the late Frank Gaffney, Carl Hartman, Dan Liddle, William Loeb, Paul Simmons and William Snow.

The Memorial Day observance was truly an inspiring event, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, fiscal officer and the entire township staff, I’d like to personally thank all those who made this day very special.

Vito Sinopoli, Bath Township administrator

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