On Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, Veterans Park on North Monroe Street in Port Clinton was filled with people paying their respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Guest speaker Ottawa County Municipal Court Judge Frederick “Fritz” Hany gave a compelling speech to all those in attendance.
“Nothing is wrong with America that cannot be cured by America,” was first said by President Bill Clinton, but reiterated by Judge Hany in his presentation. Judge Hany spoke of the heartbreak in our country, for all reasons, or what is wrong with America, but then said that Memorial Day is what is right with America because we are honoring those that sacrificed for us and for other countries.
“Today we gather together on Memorial Day to say thank you,” said Judge Hany.
He then encouraged the crowd to shout out the names of those who have served and lost their lives that they knew. People started yelling out names of their family and friends. “And my wife said you all would be shy,” said Judge Hany.
The Port Clinton High School marching band performed and then Ted Peterson spoke. Peterson served in Vietnam with Canadian troops.
“To the comrades in the silent beyond, we offer a silent salute,” said Peterson.
A 21 gun salute, the playing of taps, and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner closed the ceremony, but not before John J. Henderson Jr., a Vietnam veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his service, raised the flag at Veterans Park.