VANDALIA — The VFW Post 9582 Veterans Day Ceremony was especially honored this year by the attendance of three veterans from World War II. Charlie Rentz, Moon Miller and Richard Stoltz honored those in attendance with their presence on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Each gentleman had stories and memories they willingly to shared with the guests in attendance.
Rentz had been part of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He had been at several battles including the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Miller was a Navy BMC3. He was at Utah Beach to start the D-Day invasion.
Stoltz was Army Infantry at Utah Beach. A recipient of two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars, he stated, “I was only 18, so young, I didn’t know what I was doing there except my country needed me.”
“To speak with each of these gentleman is such an honor and overwhelming opportunity,” said a VFW spokesperson. “Each of these veterans makes you realize that the United States is built on the shoulders of Veterans giving their heart, soul and much too often their lives.”
The VFW Post 9582 Veterans Day guest speaker was James Fortune, a Vietnam Vet who was in the 1st Special Forces, 5th Special Forces group. He began his volunteering at the Dayton VA Medical Center Campus in 2001 and became a National VAVS Volunteer in 2006. Fortune has accumulated approximately 25,000 certified volunteer hours to include being recognized as Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
Fortune is a double amputee, who as a volunteer, uses his knowledge and experience to help other amputees. He has held numerous positions in Veterans Service Organizations. He was inducted into the “Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame” Class of 2012. He spoke of the importance of supporting our men and women who serve throughout the world, and to honor those who have provided Americans the freedoms we so easily take for granted. He concluded by reading this poem by Charles M. Province:
“It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the Flag, Who serves beneath the Flag, And whose coffin is draped by the Flag, Who allows the protester to burn the Flag.”
VFW Post 9582 provides a variety of dinners and events for the community in an effort to continue to provide services for the many veterans in the Miami Valley community. Your attendance at the dinners and events helps continue the support. Please join us during this holiday season. Information can be found at the vfwpost9582.org website or by contacting the VFW at (937) 890-5055.
Reach the VFW at (937) 890-5055.