The first recognition was that of Leo Andy, Jr. of Tracy City, a veteran of Vietnam and the Veterans Service Office of Grundy County for 24 years. Commenting on his service, Brady stated, “There is so much one could say about Leo Andy. Leo is a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, and friend of Grundy County. He is admired and respected within any group he is a part of. It has always been his passion and goal to assist and help the veterans of Grundy County. He has taken this endeavor for the last 24 years. His presence will be missed.”
Brady presented Leo with a plaque on behalf of Grundy County, reading “Presented to Leo Andy, Jr. in recognition and deepest appreciation of your loyal service to our country and your dedication to your fellow veterans of Grundy County for 24 years.”
Brady then recognized Thomas Rollins of Altamont, stating, “Thomas Rollins served his country from 1944 to 1946 in active duty during World War II. Rollins received the European African Western Campaign Metal. Later it was noted that the star was missing from Rollins’ metal. This star represents the campaign from which he served. This campaign was also known as the German Counter Offensive as our forces invaded and pushed toward Germany: Battle of the Bulge. Rollins served his country as Corporal in the 28th infantry field artillery.
“Words can never describe the gratitude we have for your service and your sacrifice for your country, family and fellow man,” said Brady.
Interim Veterans Service Officer Billy Miller requested Rollins receive a new metal and star for his service. Miller presented Rollins with a new metal which included the appropriate star, saying he had the greatest admiration and respect for these veterans.