WW II veterans honored at Remagen re-enactment

Photo submitted to Times Observer World War II veterans are recognized on Buckingham Street in Tidioute prior to the beginning of the 10th annual reenactment of the Battle of Remagen.

By BRIAN FERRY

bferry@timesobserver.com

The reenactment of the Battle of Remagen that has taken place for the last 10 years in Tidioute is not just a reminder of events past.

It is a time to honor people who played roles in those events and others like it through the years.

On Saturday, eight veterans of World War II — Paul Hannold, Joe Frontera, Bruce Ziegler and Kermit Schwartz who served together, Dan Painter, Guy Prestta, Henry Ursitz and Robert Manheim as well as numerous veterans of other eras, were among those in attendance and recognized at the battle for the bridge in Tidioute.

“The World War II veterans were called out and recognized by name, branch, and rank,” Assistant to the Director of Veterans Affairs Delores Stec said.

“I thought it was a neat thing that two of the veteran’s served together and, even though they live in different states, have kept in touch,” Ed Burris, director of Veterans Affairs said. “Also, the recognition given to the World War II veterans doesn’t do enough to thank them for their sacrifices.

“If you know a World War II veteran, take a few minutes to talk to them as their numbers are dwindling very fast and, like the history of the war, (our) veterans all too soon will be history.”

Desiree McChesney sang the national anthem as veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf held the flag.

“Any veteran that wanted to stand with the flag while she sang the national anthem was welcome,” Stec said.

During the reenactment, there was a special seating area right in front of the action for the veterans.

The weather held and there was another impressive crowd gathered to witness the assault.

“We had a good turnout,” Stec said. “We had veterans from all eras.”

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