Veterans recognize veterans at Fair

United States Army veterans from all wars since World War II stand before their branch's flag as members of the Wapakoneta High School Band perform the Army Hymn.
Teresa Dowling
Staff Writer

Thursday evening at the Auglaize County Fair saw a gathering young and old of the nation's most honored people. Under the canopy of the fair's entertainment tent gathered veterans and their families.

Following a posting of the colors by members of various Auglaize County VFW posts, members of the Wapakoneta High School band performed the national anthem at the start of a ceremony commemorating the county and nation's veterans.

The guest speaker for the evening was Celina native and Vietnam veteran Tommie Leininger. Leininger — the current president of the Mercer County Veterans Service Commission — was introduced by Auglaize County Veterans Service Director Rob Wiss.

Wiss spoke to the crowd about Leininger's influence as a young man before handing over the podium.

"Growing up, he was influenced by a World War I veteran who took Tommie and his cousin, at the early age of 7 years old, out on Memorial Day and taught them the importance of putting the flags out in the cemeteries," Wiss said. "That WWI veteran, Carl Robinson, had a profound influence in Tom and sparked...

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