VETERANS … Vietnam Veterans honored during the Montpelier Village Council Meeting. From left, Jim Brice, Dale Fritsch, John Schumar, Nathan Thompson (Council Member/Acting Mayor), Dave White, and Denny Keesbury
Acting in place of Mayor Steve Yagelski, Montpelier Village Council Member Nathan Thompson was happy to be given the task of honoring Montpelier’s Vietnam Veterans by proclaiming March 26 through March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Days in the Village of Montpelier.
The proclamation honors veterans of the Vietnam era by calling attention to both the sacrifices they made for the country as well as the poor treatment soldiers received upon their return home. In part, the proclamation reads:
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“Whereas, this year marks the 40th anniversary ending of the United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and
Whereas, 2.1 million brave servicemen and women served our country in the Vietnam War. Thousands were wounded and over 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice with courage, honor, and valor, and
Whereas, there are still many Americans who are missing and unaccounted for, and whose families have had to endure uncertainty concerning their loved one and,
Whereas, it is reprehensible that our country shunned and neglected our brave and courageous veterans upon their return home and for many years that followed. It was a reception unworthy and atrocities and sacrifices Vietnam Veterans endured and have continued to endure due to injuries, post traumatic stress disorder and exposure to harmful chemical agents affecting their health and cutting short their lives…”
The retirement of Ron Bailey from the Montpelier Fire Department was also approved during the council meeting. As recommended by Fire Chief Dale Fritsch, Bailey will receive retirement compensation for his twenty years of active service.
Noted during the meeting was that the Safe Routes to School project, weather permitting, should be done by May and that sewer and septic project is also moving well. Because the work being done is guaranteed for one year, Council urges residents to contact them should they see or become aware of any settlement issues.
It was also noted during the meeting that Maple Syrup Day at the Williams County Fairgrounds was a large success that provided a great deal of information and entertainment for families as well as boosted the local economy for the weekend that it was held. It was reported that approximately 1600 breakfasts were served that day.
The meeting closed with council going into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. No further actions were taken.