Family of Medal of Honor recipient appreciated hospitality in Medina

Posted 5 June 2016 at 12:00 am


As this year’s Memorial Day passed, I could no longer procrastinate in sending a “Thank you!” to the kind people of Medina for allowing us, the Butts family, to participate in last year’s ceremony.

When I say kind, I speak of the unfailing, remarkable friendliness and helpfulness of everyone we encountered in all circumstances, from being a stranger asking for directions to the formal ceremony.

I am reluctant to mention names for fear of many omissions but some stand out: Catherine Cooper, your excellent librarian, for her patience and help with Uncle John’s memorabilia. Mayor Andy Meier, for his time in showing and explaining sites of particular interest to our family and of pride for Medina. Frank Berger, who was and continues to be invaluable in tracking down our family history.  Butts-Clark American Legion Post, for being an incredible host and responsible for bringing many of our far flung family together for the first time.

Once again, thank you Medina for being the wonderful city, from which, we are proud to trace our heritage.

John Butts (writing on behalf of the Butts family)
Scarborough, Maine

(Editor’s Note: John E. Butts, the only Medal of Honor recipient in Medina’s history, was killed in World War II in Normandy. Medina named a park for Butts and the American Legion post also bears his name.)