Honor Guard pays tribute to veterans

Photos by Ginny Kropf: The firing squad is ready to give a three-gun salute during services at State Street Park this morning.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 November 2022 at 10:08 pm

MEDINA – Members of the Butts-Clark American Legion in Medina and VFW Posts in Medina and Albion visited all the war memorials in Medina this morning, to pray and present three-gun salutes, honoring veterans on Veterans Day.

Memorials included the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the Butts-Clark American Legion Post, the Company F Memorial in front of the former Medina Armory (now the YMCA), the Korean War Memorial on Park Avenue, the tank at Oak Orchard School, the memorial at Butts Park, the World War I cannon in State Street Park and the Freedom Memorial at the VFW Post.

Jim Freas, left, and David Kusmierczak salute during services at the memorial in Butts Park on Friday morning. An honor guard made up of members of the local American Legion and VFWs in Medina and Albion visited all the war memorials in Medina to present three-gun salutes.

Each stop included a prayer and three-gun salute. Participating members were Jim Freas, Bradley Nudd, Glenn Whitmore, John Follman, Dave Kusmierczak, Mike Donahue, Dan Anderson, Greg Smith, Mike Harmer, Jim Wells, Eric Delano, Carol Callina, David Wells, Nick Fitzak, Pat Little and Greg Stanton.

The VFW Auxiliary served a baked ziti lunch at noon for all veterans.

The honor guard lines up by the World War I cannon in Medina’s State Street Park during Veterans Day services.

Members of the VFW in Medina and Albion and Medina American Legion line up for a three-gun salute in front of the Freedom Memorial at the VFW Post on East Center Street.