Local Veterans and guests joined the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club in honoring Vetarans at the Club’s 3rd Annual Veterans’ Day celebration held in the Westchester Public Library Service Center. The event featured a patriotic music selection from the Chesterton High School Octet, lead by Choir Director Christopher Brush, as well as a reading of the essay Someone You Should Know by Chesterton Middle School 8th Grade Essay Winner Matt Rotundo.
The highlighted program speaker, Ted Uzelac, captured the audience by speaking about the kinds of service each of us can engage in, here in our community – beginning with pledging allegiance to our flag and country. Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and finished his original enlistment with an Honorable Discharge, and upon returning home began a career in law enforcement. In June 2004, he took a leave of absence from the police department and reenlisted in the Army National Guard and volunteered for combat duty. From December 2004 to January 2006, Ted served as Sergeant and Combat Team Leader in Iraq with the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He returned home in 2006 to work as a Portage Police Officer, and in further service to the community ran and won election to the City Council. A third generation soldier, Ted has the distinction of being the third in his family to be awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in the course of battle.
Also honored during the program were Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club Military Veterans:
Mike Anton, Private E1, United States Army 1966
Phil Baugher, Sergeant, United States Marine Corp 1969-1973
Kurt Blumenthal, Airman 1st Class, United States Air Force Reserves 1955-1961
Warren Canright, Staff Sergeant, United States Army (Bronze Star) 1944-1946
Ralph Caron, Private, United States Army 1956-1964
Robert Dunbar, Airman 1st Class, United States Air Force 1951-1954
Rick Hokanson, Specialist E5, United States Army 1966-1968
John Marshall, Petty Officer 2nd Class, United States Navy 1975-1980
David Perry, Petty Officer 3rd Class, United States Navy 1964-1967
Bernie Doyle, Sergeant, United States Air Force 1972-1975