Norwalk residents — young and old alike — lined Woodlawn Avenue this morning to watch a parade and honor our veterans.
Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman spoke at today’s service and talked about what the day meant to him.
“Without question, the hero that meant so much in my life was my father, Alvin Adelman. He was a World War II Army paratrooper, pathfinder, and combat soldier in the 517th Parachute Infantry,” the younger Adelman said. “He was wounded twice during action in Italy and France, awarded a bronze star, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
“By the grace of God he survived and came home to raise a family right here in Huron County, and helped in building this great country as part of what is deservingly called the greatest generation.
“Dad passed away nearly four years ago and I miss him a lot. I have no doubt that no matter what I do, I could never work as hard or sacrifice as much as my father did. And even though through my eyes he was a hero, he would be the first to say that the real heroes were the ones that didn’t come home. The heroes that we honor today.”
The ceremony began and ended with prayers led by Deacon Eric Schild, a St. Paul graduate who will be ordained in June.
Garrett Dauch, a student at St. Paul, was the student speaker and spoke about freedom's challenge.
St. Paul senior Rob Whitehurst and Norwalk High's James Marchyshyn won citizenship awards and Whitehurst also spoke at the ceremony.
“Sometimes we take the freedoms we have for granted, but on a day such as today we can properly pay tribute to the men and women who fight to earn those freedoms.”
In addition the ceremony featured the St. Paul High School band, which performed a selection of patriotic music. The VFW ladies auxiliary awarded children's prizes, and they were joined by the American Legion auxiliary for the placing of wreaths. The VFW performed the mound ceremony.
The parade's grand marshal was Marvin Barr, Marine Corps veteran.