FRITCH - When members of the Vietnam Veterans Association’s Chapter 404 learned that Leroy George had lost all of the medals he had earned while serving his country in World War II in the May 11 wildfire, they knew something had to be done.
So they did it.
Members of the VVA Chapter 404 completed a project that took more than a month on Sunday by presenting George with replacement medals during a special ceremony at the Celebration Family Church. During the ceremony, George was given a shadow box containing the medals and insignia that he earned in World War II, including a Purple Heart.
George, like many other Fritch-area residents, was hit hard by the wildfire. In the blaze, he lost all his medals and memorabilia.
As part of the ceremony to replace George’s awards, VVA representative Morris Lee also asked all veterans to come forward as the presentation was made.
“It was an honor to be present for VVA Chapter 404 members to participate in recognizing Mr. George and all of those who have served our community and the nation,” said Celebration pastor Dwight Kirksey.
VVA Chapter 404 also presented Pastor Kirksey and his wife, Courtney, with a hand-crafted plaque for the church’s service to the community and assistance with the spaghetti dinner on June 7. The plaque was made by Chapter 404 member Gary Heeter.