Veterans honor Dan Fricke’s service in Morrow County’s Honor Guard


By Alberta Stojkovic - for the Morrow County Sentinel



The Mount Gilead High School Band performed and the Color Guard and Firing Squad marched at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day in the Mount Gilead Square. Fourth and fifth graders walked from the elementary school to honor veterans and be a part of the event. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel


Left to right at the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation for Dan Fricke’s 40 years in the Honor Guard are: Chad Remy, Harlan Campbell, Hal Clinger, Dan Fricke, Mike McKinney, Gary Dilsaver, Duane Rinehart, Bill Mills, Jim Braun and Gary Baker. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel


Placing wreaths at the monument on the Mount Gilead Square are L-R: Don Broadwalter, Commander of AmVets Post 87; Teresa Bowman, AmVets Auxiliary President; DeDe Moore, Auxiliary President of V.F.W. and Clarence Keckler, Commander of the V.F.W. Nelson E. Campbell Jr. Post 8054. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel


Daniel L. Fricke, at left is, Commander of the Color Guard and Firing Squad at the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Mount Gilead Square on November 11. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel


What Daniel L. Fricke has appreciated most in his 40 years of leadership with the Morrow County Honor Guard is “the appreciation that families of veterans show for the honor guard services. Being in the Honor Guard is very rewarding.”

Fricke said that the Honor Guard appears at services not only at Veterans and Memorial Day, but also at funerals. He said they were already at 30 funeral services to date this year.

Dan’s wife, Connie, said that Dan sees his work with the Honor Guard as a “labor of love.” He always goes when he’s called, whether there’s rain, ice or snow, she said, adding that he loves working for the post.

“We need to never forget those who give their lives and those who are in harm’s way now,” Dan said. “Those advisors in Syria now have a hard duty.”

Dan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1963-65 at Fort Richardson in Alaska. He worked with the transport division there.

Commander of the V.F.W. Post 8054, Clarence Keckler presented Fricke with a Certificate of Appreciation for his 40 years of service with the Honor and Color Guard from 1976 to 2016.

Alberta Stojkovic is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at alberta_s16@hotmail.com.

The Mount Gilead High School Band performed and the Color Guard and Firing Squad marched at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day in the Mount Gilead Square. Fourth and fifth graders walked from the elementary school to honor veterans and be a part of the event. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/11/web1_DSCN7956.jpgThe Mount Gilead High School Band performed and the Color Guard and Firing Squad marched at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day in the Mount Gilead Square. Fourth and fifth graders walked from the elementary school to honor veterans and be a part of the event. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel

Left to right at the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation for Dan Fricke’s 40 years in the Honor Guard are: Chad Remy, Harlan Campbell, Hal Clinger, Dan Fricke, Mike McKinney, Gary Dilsaver, Duane Rinehart, Bill Mills, Jim Braun and Gary Baker. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/11/web1_DSCN7971.jpgLeft to right at the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation for Dan Fricke’s 40 years in the Honor Guard are: Chad Remy, Harlan Campbell, Hal Clinger, Dan Fricke, Mike McKinney, Gary Dilsaver, Duane Rinehart, Bill Mills, Jim Braun and Gary Baker. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel

Placing wreaths at the monument on the Mount Gilead Square are L-R: Don Broadwalter, Commander of AmVets Post 87; Teresa Bowman, AmVets Auxiliary President; DeDe Moore, Auxiliary President of V.F.W. and Clarence Keckler, Commander of the V.F.W. Nelson E. Campbell Jr. Post 8054. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/11/web1_DSCN7954.jpgPlacing wreaths at the monument on the Mount Gilead Square are L-R: Don Broadwalter, Commander of AmVets Post 87; Teresa Bowman, AmVets Auxiliary President; DeDe Moore, Auxiliary President of V.F.W. and Clarence Keckler, Commander of the V.F.W. Nelson E. Campbell Jr. Post 8054. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel

Daniel L. Fricke, at left is, Commander of the Color Guard and Firing Squad at the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Mount Gilead Square on November 11. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/11/web1_DSCN7950.jpgDaniel L. Fricke, at left is, Commander of the Color Guard and Firing Squad at the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Mount Gilead Square on November 11. // Alberta Stojkovic | Morrow County Sentinel

By Alberta Stojkovic

for the Morrow County Sentinel