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2018-10-10 / Local News

Three Community Service Awards Given At Annual Veterans Banquet


Menzo Caswell received the 2018 Veteran Community Service Award. 
Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/ Rick Cutrer; McMillan Menzo Caswell received the 2018 Veteran Community Service Award. Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/ Rick Cutrer; McMillan The fifth annual Luce County Veterans Community Service Banquet was held October 6 at the American Legion in Newberry.

A total of 179 veterans and guests attended this year’s banquet. “Attendance and participation were at an all-time high,” reported Rick Minard, Luce County Veterans Service director. “It was an outstanding evening. So many people from our community came together to honor our veterans and their families.”

A posthumous Veteran Community Service Award was given in honor of Joseph L. Rahilly. Rahilly was a WWII veteran and active member of the community for many years.

James Whalen and Menzo Caswell both received the 2018 Luce County Veteran Community Service Award.

The awards are in recognition of their honorable military service and humble compassion and sacrifice to their community.


James Whalen was also a recipient of the 2018 Veteran Community Service Award. 
Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/ Rick Cutrer; McMillan James Whalen was also a recipient of the 2018 Veteran Community Service Award. Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/ Rick Cutrer; McMillan The banquet started with the National Anthem sung by Autumn O’Hare.

Newberry High School history teacher, Randy Griffis, gave a presentation on his recent trip to France with five NHS students. These students represented five of only 10 from the United States at the Centennial of the WWI Battle of Amien in France.

Jay Hollnagel, retired Marine Corps Gunnery SGT, served as the keynote speaker.

Members of the NHS Honor Society, baseball team and band helped during the banquet, along with students from North Star Academy and adult volunteers.

Minard expressed gratitude for the volunteers and special guests that played an important role in this year’s banquet. “We look forward to honoring our veterans throughout the year and get everyone back for the sixth annual in 2019.”



Joe Rahilly, left, accepted the Posthumous Recognition for Veteran Community Service Award in honor of his grandfather, Joseph Rahilly. Pictured with Rahilly is Rick Minard, director of Luce County Veterans Service. 
Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/Rick Cutrer; McMillan, MI Joe Rahilly, left, accepted the Posthumous Recognition for Veteran Community Service Award in honor of his grandfather, Joseph Rahilly. Pictured with Rahilly is Rick Minard, director of Luce County Veterans Service. Photo by Tiger’s Eye Photography/Rick Cutrer; McMillan, MI

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