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Large crowd gathers to pay respects to veterans

May 27, 2014

Naval Reserve officer Cam Collier, right, had the privilege of awarding Sgt. Carl Hormann with three medals Hormann earned while fighting in the Korean War nearly 60 years ago during the annual Memorial Day celebration held Monday at the Peace Monument in Decatur. Photos by Jannaya Andrews

    Approximately 200 people gathered at the Adams County Courthouse Square Monday to honor those killed in service to our country as part of the annual Memorial Day celebration.
    The day began at 8:30 a.m. with services at St. Joseph and Decatur cemeteries. Shortly after 10 a.m., the celebration moved to the Jackson Street bridge, where former judge and military veteran Frederick A Schurger tossed a wreath into the St. Marys River in honor of United States Navy veterans.
    American Legion Post 43 color guard fired a volley of shots before making their way to the courthouse square, where a Peace Monument service and rededication ceremony was held.
    Retired Command Sergeant Major Fritz Bultemeyer began the service, introducing American Legion Chaplain Carl Thieme who opened with a community prayer. Spc. Cecilia Fravel performed the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, and Ryan Hirschy sang “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless the USA.”
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