Avon Honors Vets Who Gave All

Air Force Capt. John M. Barelka (top), Marine Cpl. David F. Schneider (left) and Army Sgt. Patrick E. Smith, Jr.

Air Force Capt. John M. Barelka (top), Marine Cpl. David F. Schneider (left) and Army Sgt. Patrick E. Smith, Jr.

The City of Avon honored and paid tribute to three local military veterans who were killed while on active military duty last week at ceremonies held May 18 at Avon High School.

Honored were Marine Corporal David F. Schneider, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968; Army Sergeant Patrick E. Smith Jr., who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and Air Force Captain John Barelka, who was killed in an F16 training accident in Nevada in 1993.

Plaques were given to the families and the plaques of Schneider and Barelka were placed on the outside entrance wall of Avon High School from where they graduated.

“We were lucky to be a part of a great event today,” say Avon students who attended last week’s memorial tribute at the high school. We thank all of our Veterans & those who serve our country.

“We were lucky to be a part of a great event today,” say Avon students who attended last week’s memorial tribute at the high school. We thank all of our Veterans & those who serve our country.

Attending the Memorial Ceremony Tribute were representatives from Clearview High School, Lorain, Ohio who will accept the plaque of Smith Jr. from where he graduated.

The Chaplain was Father Joe Piskura, a retired Army Colonel who served in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and the 196th Light Infantry Brigade earning numerous military awards including the Bronze Star.

Also included in the program were the Avon Lake American Legion Post 211 Honor Guard, the Amherst American Legion Post 118 Riders, the Patriot Guard Riders of Division Three and representatives from the Avon VFW Post 7035. The high school band and chorus also participated as well as Piper Major Robert Durrach.

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