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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fort Thomas to Celebrate Veteran's Day

This Saturday, November 11th, the City of Fort Thomas is joining together to celebrate our Veterans in Tower Park.  The ceremony commences at 11am at the new Charters of Freedom in the park and the city plans to make this event an annual tradition.
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The city is excited to honor all of our veterans.  This year we are highlighting two distinguished veterans, Ronald Eric Welch & Edward Lewis Etter II. These two gentlemen bravely served our country and will be recognized by the city with a proclamation from Mayor Eric Haas. Here's a little more information about this year’s honorees:

The first honoree is Edward Lewis Etter II.

He was born on January 8, 1922. A HHS graduate of the class of 1939 Ed Sr. joined US Navy the day after Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941. He was stationed on Ship-PC 1078 and served in the Aleutian Islands & Pearl Harbor after it was secure. Radiomen 1st Class

Married to wife Flo for 65 years, she passed in 2011. He has 3 children, 5 grand-kids, & 14 great grandchildren. He's the owner of M.Rosenthal Printing and has been with the company 71 years since he came home from WWII.

The second honoree is Ronald Eric Welch.

Army – Vietnam – Sergeant Squad Leader

Ronald graduated high school in 1969 from Bellevue High School and was drafted into the Army in 1969. He was an infantry Soldier in Kombat America Division II first 196. He was wounded on August 16, 1970 where he lost his left leg and 60% of his stomach. He was awarded the Silver Star from General Westmoreland and was also awarded the Bronze Star, three purple hearts, the air medal Army Commendation Medal with Valor with Oak cluster and the National Defense Medal Good Conduct Medal. He spent 26 months in the hospital after that recuperating from his wounds.
He returned from his service and came back to Bellevue, KY to work for his Dad's pinting company, Welch Contractor's. He continued his working career at the postal office, and eventually working for AT&T where he retired from.

Ron has been married to his wife, Missy for 46 years and has three children (Mike, Scott, Carrie) and 6 grandchildren (Jake, Nate, Ava, Taylor, Braden, Jackson).

Ron was on Highlands football staff for 25 years and during that time he was part of 13 state championships. He is a member of the NKY Football Hall of Fame.

His nickname is RW (Rdub)

Join us this Saturday morning to thank Ron, Ed Sr., and all of our veterans for their service.

The program commences sharply at 11a.m.

•Raising of the flag
•National Anthem
•Order Arms
•Prayer (Ryan Byers, Minister of Christ Church)
•Speaker (John Slawter, Fort Thomas City Councilman, West Point Graduate)
•Introduction of Ron Welch (Proclamation Read by Mayor Haas)
•Introduction of Edward Etter (Proclamation Read by Mayor Haas)
•Sealing of the Charters of Freedom Time Capsule
•Taps by Eric Steiden (Placing of wreath on easel under flag)

Cookies and drinks will be served after the ceremony near the museum and are generously provided by Elizabeth Allegrini & Adam Blau

PHOTO: Gary Simon teaches Woodfill fourth graders at this year's Kentucky History Day at Tower Park. FTM file.

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