Thursday, September 8, 2016
Veterans and supporters alike crowded together on the back porch of Quaker Steak and Lube here to honor 13 decorated servicemen during the 10th annual Patriot Day celebration.
Booming fireworks and the melody of “Proud to be an American” sung by the Austintown Fitch High School Concert Choir blended together to kick off the Thursday evening event.
Bill Klein, choir director, said it was an honor for him personally to be a part of the event for the second year and an honor for the students in their fifth year of participation.
“Since 1972, [Fitch students] have been serving veterans’ hospitals and the veterans. ... They always sing for veterans – giving back to those who have served,” he said. “They love it and they do a great job of it.”
Ken Jakubec, Patriot Day coordinator, Austintown school board member, Quaker Steak and Lube manager and former Marine sergeant, said this year’s honorees make up the most highly decorated group the event has seen.
For more on the event, read Friday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.