Bill Presents Medals to Lake County Hero

On Saturday morning, Bill had the honor of presenting Lester Bailey, a veteran from Luther, with the medals he earned while serving during the Vietnam War.  The medals ceremony took place at the VFW in Baldwin and Lester was joined by friends from across Lake County. The Ludington Daily News covered the presentation and shared Lester’s story.
From the Ludington Daily News:

War medals in hand, the venerable veteran turned his back, and bowed his head. Lester Bailey’s long wait was over. His eyes flushed red and blurred with tears, his voice choked to a whisper. The 66-year-old Lake County man was comforted with a hug from U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga.

“It’s an honor, and a privilege, to be able to do this for you,” Huizenga said as he moved his hand to Bailey’s shoulder. “Thank you. We will not forget (what you did for us).”…

It was spring, 1969. Of a dozen Chinook helicopters delivering much-needed ammunition to a band of soldiers fighting desperately to hold a hill against an overwhelming and armored enemy, only five managed to deliver their supplies. Bailey’s was one of them.

You can read more about Lester’s incredible story and service to our nation here.