Honoring veterans

Members of the Holland VFW Honor Guard performed the opening ceremony during the Veterans Day Observance held Saturday, November 5.

On Saturday, nine living World War II veterans were honored during the annual Dubois County Veterans Day Observance held at the Holland VFW.

According to Dubois County Veterans Council President Kent Schreiner, the nine men recognized for their service during the war are the few living veterans the council was able to locate for the ceremony. The nine recognized are Lenny Knust (who was recognized as this year’s Living Veteran), Charles Striegel, Paul Striegel, Leroy Haug, Melvin Schroeder, Otto Begle, Ted Bartley, and Albert Merkley. Only three of the men were able to attend in person.

Renold “Lenny” Knust was recognized as this year’s Living Veteran. He was unable to attend for health reasons. The 95-year-old served in World War II.
Mr. Knust’s daughters — from left: Kate Terwiske, Marge Luebbehusen, Patti Schroeder, and Jane Sitzman — accepted the plaque from Kent Schreiner during Saturday’s ceremony.
The plaque presented to Mr. Knust. His name will also be added to the list of living veterans honored over the years.
Otto Begle served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945. He was recognized for his service during Saturday’s service.
Ted Bartley, 95, Jasper, served during World War II. He was recognized during Saturday’s ceremony.
Melvin Schroeder, 97, was also recognized as one of the few living World War II veterans in Dubois County.

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  1. God Bless these men and all who are serving or served/sacrificed for this greatest of nations, our United States of America.

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