Veterans enjoy free meal

Madeline Roche • Aug 16, 2019 at 9:23 AM

Veterans Ken Didion and Bob Good raise the American Flag in front of the Veteran’s Pavilion, as other veterans and fairgoers salute.

This started the annual veterans dinner 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Huron County Fair.

Bean soup, along with sandwiches and bread were served.

This annual dinner had a “good turn out,” according to Jochen Hardwick, a Marine Corps veteran and current commander of American Legion Post 41.

Hardwick said when he comes to the fair, he loves the fair food and seeing all the kids’ smiling faces. He added he loves to honor the veterans.

Thomas Price, who served in the Navy for 11 years, said the veterans dinner is his favorite part of the fair.

Price visited 52 countries while serving. He is currently the commander of the District 9 VFW and a VFW representative to the Huron County Veterans Service Commission.

Price said he encourages younger ones to travel and take advantage of opportunities that come along.

Veterans from different parts of Huron County who served in a variety of different countries and wars gathered at the Veteran’s Pavilion. After Ken Didion and Bob Good raised the American Flag, the national anthem played, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Food and drinks were then served as everyone visited.

Later, veterans started off the OSTPA tractor pull in the grandstands with a massing of colors.

This was done with the help of Hardwick, Steve Plasman, who served in the army and Rob Wolcott and Ed Barrett, who both served in the airforce. 

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