Veterans were honored Saturday during Fairview CIC’s annual Fourth of July celebration with a special focus placed on 1st Sgt. James A. Green, who died in November.
Green volunteered for duty in the U.S. Army and served 26 years. He was highly decorated and honorably discharged.
“All he ever wanted to be was a soldier,” said Randy England who presided over the ceremony. “He served in many states and many countries, always giving 110 percent of himself to each mission and to America.”
England recalled Green fought in Vietnam beside his brother, who was killed during battle in 1969.
After the war and his military service, Green joined the Honor Guard to help provide respectful and dignified military funerals to veterans. He served as Warren County’s veterans service officer and never hesitated to fight for victim’s rights, according to England.
Green donated a flagpole to Fairview CIC with an American flag and a missing in action flag in memory of Joe Delong and a honor flag in memory of Jeremy Brown. All three flags were proudly flown for the first time during last year’s Fourth of July ceremony.
The Patriot Guard Riders were in attendance to honor 1st Sgt. Green and all the veterans of the community. Their motorcycles were a popular item to view.
Patriot Guard Riders attend funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission has two basic objectives:
1) to show sincere respect for fallen heroes, their families, and their communities;
2) to shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters.