Plymouth pays tribute to veterans

November 13, 2018

The 72nd Plymouth Veterans Day Ceremony was held last Saturday.

Quilts of Valor were presented to Mark Grummert, Dean Hahn and the family of Benjamin Slaven during the ceremony. Benjamin Slaven died June 9, 2006 while serving in Iraq. Ken Vogt also received a Quilt of Valor but was not able to be at the ceremony to accept.

Lois Bessler and Lillian Freese were given certificates of appreciation for 50 years of service in the American Legion Auxillary. Connie Warsing was honored for 25 years of service.

Steve Swarthout, father of local veteran Drae Swarthout, also spoke at the program.

Drae Swarthout was deployed overseas and returned home at the end of his tour. He died Feb. 27, 2018, of suicide

Nebraska’s Wall of the Fallen after 9/11 was also on display at the Plymouth Community Building during the Veterans Day program. Donations were accepted with any extra funds going to Operation Engage America, which serves as a resource for veterans, military members, first responders and their families for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and military-to-veteran transition issues.

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