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Frontenac's American Legion Pays Tribute to Medal of Honor Recipients

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS - Frontenac's American Legion Post 43 remembers those that have fallen, serving their country with the utmost bravery as Medal of Honor recipients

"I served in the Korean War, just at the very end of it. i never actually got to go into combat so I feel like I'm doing a little bit of my part to help recognize and support these people that did," says Frontenac American Legion Post 43 Commander Don Morey.

The chimes represent the forty names of Kansas veterans from the civil war to the Korean War who are listed on a new plaque the legion has donated at Pitt State's Veterans Memorial Amphitheater.

"It moves you and just gives you that I don't know a feeling. There's the brother next to you on the line," says American Legion Member William Schwenker.

Schwenker, a Vietnam veteran, recently discovered that his great grandfather's brother served as an ambulance driver in France during World War I.  

His paver is now dedicated this holiday alongside several of his other family members already marked here.

“Anywhere in the four states right now I think this is the most beautiful place.”

Pitt State student and Veteran Ryan Reeves admires the new plaque.

Although he doesn't have any friends honored here, he carries the names of his fallen comrades on his arm.

It doesn't really matter about how big the memorial is. Just so long as it's displayed in honor of our troops that didn't come home. That's what Memorial Day is about. It's not about thanking us, it's not about the ones that came back home.  It's about the ones that didn't. And it's about never forgetting them,” says Reeves.

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