Ceremony in Central Park honors those who served

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Robert Krause plays taps while the colors are presented at the rededication of the Concordia Area Veteran Walkway Wednesday afternoon. (Nathan St. Clair)

The Concordia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5649 and American Legion Post 258 recognized Veterans Day in Central Park last Wednesday with a rededication of the Concordia Area Veterans Walkway.

Legion post commander, Melvin Keyser, led the audience in the pledge of allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner. Musical accompaniment was provided by St. Paul's Lutheran School Band, led by Karol Meyer.

The Rev. Paul Wobus II, a World War II veteran, then led everyone in a prayer.

Keyser gave the history of the walkway and recognized new bricks. He said there are 897 bricks representing veterans from 26 states including Missouri.

World War II and Korean War veteran Herman Frerking was the first of three speakers. He started by listing the ways veterans have been recognized by the government and U.S. citizens.

He also recounted a visit to Washington, D.C., where he saw war memorials for WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

"It made me realize how much has been done for veterans," he said. "Veterans owe recognition" to those who have shown veterans appreciation.

Area veterans of every branch were then recognized by the audience.

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