VIDEO: Four SEI Veterans Visit DC War Memorials
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer (R) presents American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol building to four southeast Indiana veterans. Photo provided by Messer’s office.
(Washington, D.C.) – Four southeast Indiana military veterans here honored as they visited the memorials built in honor of those they served with last week.
World War II veterans Gerald “Bush” White, of Rising Sun, and Bob Briggs, of Versailles, were joined by Vietnam vets Tim Albright, of Lawrenceburg and Lawrenceburg native Bo Schreiner were among a larger group of Hoosier veterans making a trip to Washington, D.C. Albright and Schreiner are both Purple Heart recipients.
The four were met at the World War II memorial by Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer, who presented each man with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol building.
“Words cannot express my gratitude to these men and their families for the sacrifices they made,” said Messer. “It was a privilege to meet them and be able to give them a small token of appreciation on behalf of everyone in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District for what they have done to defend and preserve the freedoms we enjoy.”
A video of the presentation, courtesy of Messer’s office, can be viewed below.
P.G. Gentrup, a Vietnam veteran himself, organized the trip for the four local soldiers. He has put together many such trips in recent years.
“I really appreciated Congressman Messer coming to the World War Two Memorial to visit with us,” said Mr. Gentrup. “It was his day off and yet he took the time to visit with some of America’s finest—our veterans. His children coming with him was something special, too!”
Gentrup will receive his own honor at the Cincinnati Reds home game on July 29.