Janssen Honors Sacrifice of Dodge County Veterans


Janssen Honors Sacrifice of Dodge County Veterans


With American flags fluttering in the breeze, dozens of people gathered Saturday to remember the 14 Dodge County residents who died in the Vietnam War.

The 23rd annual Vietnam Veterans Perpetual Living Memorial service was held Saturday at Clemmons Park in Fremont.

As members of the Patriot Guard lined one of the walkways, representatives of various branches of the armed forces placed wreathes near a flagpole in the park.

State Sen. Charlie Janssen and Mayor Scott Getzschman spoke at the event. Al Martinez, department service officer for the Disabled American Veterans, provided closing remarks.

A 21-volley salute was presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 854 and American Legion Post 20 under the direction of Dale Fenske, captain of the guard. Taps was played.

Peter Heineman of the Omaha Pipe and Drum Corps played the bagpipes.

The memorial service dates back to 1990. Then it was a collaboration between the Arbor Day Foundation and Fremont Public Schools, Martinez said. Fourteen trees – Capital Pear and Norway Maple -- were planted in a double “V” as in “Vietnam veterans.”

Over the years a gazebo, called “Reflections,” was added. Inside the gazebo are the names of Dodge County residents killed in Vietnam.

As published in Fremont Tribune, April 29 2013