Dinner to feature two Medal of Honor speakersWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Medal of Honor recipients will speak Nov. 3 at an annual fundraising dinner in Toledo.
The third annual event, which benefits Remembrance Inc., a local group that builds and refurbishes military memorials, will feature Vietnam veteran Army Sgt. Gary Beikirch and World War II veteran Corp. Hershel Woodrow Williams of the Marine Corps.
Beikirch was a medic who moved through enemy fire to attend to wounded soldiers, both American and Vietnamese, and help evacuate the injured. Williams fought at Iwo Jima, helping clear the way for the advancing American infantry.
Doors to The Hotel at the University of Toledo Medical Center, 3100 Glendale Ave., will open at 4:30 p.m. for the silent auction. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. The registration deadline is Oct. 23.
“We have the rare opportunity of having two Medal of Honor recipients,” said Nick Haupricht, chairman of Remembrance Inc. “Today there are about 24 that speak so that means we’ll have one-twelfth of those Medal of Honor recipients that speak here in Toledo that night.”
The Medal of Honor is awarded by the military for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.”