Friday, September 14, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Community members gathered together to show their appreciation for veterans receiving honors for their heroism during Patriot’s Day at Quaker Steak and Lube Sept. 6.
Quaker Steak and Lube Manager manager, Ken Jakubec, who is also a former Marine Core Helicopter specialist, coordinated the event to show his gratitude for his fellow veterans.
“Doing this means a lot to me. I just like to sit back and watch it. It’s a tremendous night to feel great about your country. There’s no ceremony like this anywhere. We honor different veterans from different wars and we tell their stories,” Jakubec said.
Patriotism was a constant theme throughout the event as participants listened intently to the stories of how each soldier faced adversity and combat with courage and honor. Veterans stood proudly and received their accolades humbly. U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Kenny David wanted to focus on solders he lost in battle.
“I was drafted and I did what I was trained to do. I accepted the award on behalf of all the men I lost in Vietnam,” Davis said.
The ceremony also honored solders who lost their lives during war. Patrick Clark, who passed away in Iraq in 2008, was honored and his family accepted his award on his behalf.
“We lost my brother in Iraq in 2008. We’re honored to be a part of this and that they chose to honor my brother,“ said Deana Clark-Bode.