American heroes honored at fair


Bosslet thanks vets for service to country

By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com



Vietnam Navy veteran Larry Maier, of Anna, closes his eyes as a benediction is said by Duane Mullen during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.


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The Senior Center Choir performs during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.


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Shelby County Veterans Services Commission President Zack Bosslett was the featured speaker for the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.


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Members of the Catholic War Veterans Post 661 color guard, front four members, sit with other color guards during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.


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U.S. Air Force veteran Norman Cook, of North Fort Myers, Fla., stands with other U.S. Air Force veterans as the Senior Center Choir sings the official U.S. Air Force song at the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.


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Singing along to the U.S. National Anthem are, left to right, Airforce Vietnam Veteran Leon Stockman, of Fort Loramie, U.S. Marine and Navy Veteran Bill Tady and Theresa Tady, both of Russia. The three were attending the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Tady served 24 years in the U.S. military.


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Korean War veteran Bob Spillers, left, and his wife Ann Spillers, both of Sidney, customize their sandwiches at the Shelby County Pork Producers food stand during Veterans Day at the Shelby County Fair Monday, July 24.


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Korean War U.S. Army veteran Maurice Quinter, right, walks through the new chicken and rabbit building with his wife of 63 years Dorothy Quinter, both of rural Fort Loramie. The couple were at the fair for Veterans Day Monday, July 24.


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SIDNEY — They stood tall and proud as the Senior Center Choir sang the Armed Forces medley during Monday night’s Veterans’ Day at the Shelby County Fair program. Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines — more than 80 veterans were recognized during the program.

“Welcome to the 34th annual Veterans Day program at the fair,” said Jerry Smith, fair board representative and U.S. Army veteran.

Zach Bosslett, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Shelby County Veterans Service Commission, was the speaker for the evening. A 25-year resident of Shelby County, he and his wife are the parents of three children. He currently works for Dannon Co.

“I was happy to serve my country in the Army,” he said. Bosslett served from 2002 to 2005 in the Army. He was also in the Ohio National Guard for six years.

“I never embraced what it meant to be a veteran until got out,” he said. He is active in AMVETS and was asked to join the Veterans Service Commission. He is currently president of the commission.

“There are three full time employees at the office. We advocate full time for the almost 3,500 veterans in Shelby County.”

He said the staff members are there to assist veterans in anyway they can.

“That’s what we’re there for,” said Bosslett. “We have a significant budget (to assist veterans) and we don’t want to give any of it back.

“We’ll help as many veterans as we can who walk through the door,” he said.

Bosslett said he had a couple of requests for all the veterans present at the ceremony.

“If you are a veteran, or a surviving spouse of a veteran, talk to the people in the office. We want to make sure you’re being taken care of.

“We’re not the VA but we can help you navigate their paperwork,” he said. “You’ll ask us questions and our team will ask you questions back.”

Bosslett said each veteran should register with the VA whether they have service related claims or not.

“This lets the local office know how many veterans are are in the area,” he said.

Bosslett also encouraged every veteran to join a veterans or service organization.

“The biggest thing is for you to get involved,” said Bosslett. “The biggest thing I missed when I left the service was the camaraderie you have with each other. I see a lot of veterans in this tent. I’m one of the youngest ones here. Reach out and talk to younger veterans.”

And get them involved in the various organizations, said Bosslett.

“Thank you fellow veterans,” he said. “if you see them wearing a hat … or bracelet. I saw a woman with a T-shirt on that said she was an Army mom. I asked her about it and she said he had been in the Army for nine months.”

The woman, said Bosslett, went on to say she has three other children who are all in the military: one in the Marines, one in the Air Force and one in the Navy.

“It takes a mom like that to get us where we are today,” said Bosslett. “Thank you very much for all you’ve done for us.”

Duane Mullen, chaplain with VFW Post 4239 gave the opening prayer and benediction. Fairlawn School students Avery North and Julia Huelskamp led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. American Legion Post 217 rendered the salute to fallen comrades and played taps.

The Senior Center Choir also performed the “National Anthem,” “Thank You Soldiers,” “Let Freedom Ring” and “God Bless America.”

The various posts provided the Color Guard. Fair haven provided the refreshments for the event. Chris North, Veterans Service officer, was the master of ceremonies.

Vietnam Navy veteran Larry Maier, of Anna, closes his eyes as a benediction is said by Duane Mullen during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay6.jpgVietnam Navy veteran Larry Maier, of Anna, closes his eyes as a benediction is said by Duane Mullen during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Senior Center Choir performs during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay5.jpgThe Senior Center Choir performs during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Shelby County Veterans Services Commission President Zack Bosslett was the featured speaker for the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay4.jpgShelby County Veterans Services Commission President Zack Bosslett was the featured speaker for the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Members of the Catholic War Veterans Post 661 color guard, front four members, sit with other color guards during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay3.jpgMembers of the Catholic War Veterans Post 661 color guard, front four members, sit with other color guards during the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

U.S. Air Force veteran Norman Cook, of North Fort Myers, Fla., stands with other U.S. Air Force veterans as the Senior Center Choir sings the official U.S. Air Force song at the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay2.jpgU.S. Air Force veteran Norman Cook, of North Fort Myers, Fla., stands with other U.S. Air Force veterans as the Senior Center Choir sings the official U.S. Air Force song at the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Singing along to the U.S. National Anthem are, left to right, Airforce Vietnam Veteran Leon Stockman, of Fort Loramie, U.S. Marine and Navy Veteran Bill Tady and Theresa Tady, both of Russia. The three were attending the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Tady served 24 years in the U.S. military.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay1.jpgSinging along to the U.S. National Anthem are, left to right, Airforce Vietnam Veteran Leon Stockman, of Fort Loramie, U.S. Marine and Navy Veteran Bill Tady and Theresa Tady, both of Russia. The three were attending the Shelby County Fair Veterans Program Monday, July 24. Tady served 24 years in the U.S. military. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Korean War veteran Bob Spillers, left, and his wife Ann Spillers, both of Sidney, customize their sandwiches at the Shelby County Pork Producers food stand during Veterans Day at the Shelby County Fair Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay8.jpgKorean War veteran Bob Spillers, left, and his wife Ann Spillers, both of Sidney, customize their sandwiches at the Shelby County Pork Producers food stand during Veterans Day at the Shelby County Fair Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Korean War U.S. Army veteran Maurice Quinter, right, walks through the new chicken and rabbit building with his wife of 63 years Dorothy Quinter, both of rural Fort Loramie. The couple were at the fair for Veterans Day Monday, July 24.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_SDN072617VetDay7.jpgKorean War U.S. Army veteran Maurice Quinter, right, walks through the new chicken and rabbit building with his wife of 63 years Dorothy Quinter, both of rural Fort Loramie. The couple were at the fair for Veterans Day Monday, July 24. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Bosslet thanks vets for service to country

By Melanie Speicher

mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.