“We take out freedoms for granted”, stated Veterans Day program speaker, U.S. Army Veteran Dwaine Uttecht, who was introduced by his son, Wisner-Pilger Principal Chris Uttecht. He went on to state that the flag means more to our veterans than anyone else. “The flag is pretty important. We fought for people’s rights that we take for granted.” He spoke about different rights. “We have so many rights and we cherish those freedoms and keep them forever. We are so blessed to have what we have.”
He added that many of today’s problems would be solved if people went by two commandments in the Bible, “Love your Lord, your God with all your might” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
Dwaine Uttecht enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1969 and was deployed to Vietnam in June of 1969. Dwaine spent the majority of his time in Vietnam at various forward fire bases in the central highlands and served for two months with the infantry as a radio-telephone operator for call-in fire missions. Dwaine returned to the United States in June of 1970 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in January of 1971. Following his military service, He spent 40 years in education as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and 32 years as a superintendent in Elgin and Ravenna. Dwaine is a current member of the VFW and American Legion. He and his wife Pat reside in Fremont.
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