Banners Helps Community Remember Those Who Made Ultimate Sacrifi

Banners Helps Community Remember Those Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice

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"Families tend to fear that people will forget about their sons and of course the military don't leave anybody behind," said Ken Proulx, past commander Beaver River Memorial American Legion Post 1663.

Three banners line Main Street in Croghan in honor of three fallen heroes who all died while serving in Vietnam. 

"Tommy Kloster was a terrific softball pitcher. Ronnie Hack liked to work on cars and David Ritz, fearless sort of young man. All three of them put their hand in the air and said, 'Uncle Sam, send me where you're going to,'" said Proulx.

Proulx says his committee at the American Legion wanted to remind people of the sacrifice the men made almost 50 years ago in Vietnam.

"War has its costs human cost as well as all other costs and here is three young men that payed the sacrifice from our hometown," said Proulx.

The community responded. The second grade class at Beaver River Central raised $600 to help purchase two more banners which will be put up in May.

"I cried. I was very emotional about it and everybody was because it was a great effort that the children put in," said Mary Meyer, chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The committee hopes to put up even more banners next year.  If you're interested in creating one for your loved one, you can contact the legion. That phone number is 315-346-6414. 

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