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Sunday, September 22, 2019
The event was originally supposed to take place outside by Bethlehem Township’s Veterans Memorial but moved inside due to the weather. The Veterans Memorial lists the names of township veterans who served from the French and Indian War to current day day. The event was originally supposed to take place outside by Bethlehem Township’s Veterans Memorial but moved inside due to the weather. The Veterans Memorial lists the names of township veterans who served from the French and Indian War to current day day.
Keynote speaker Sgt. Paul M. Senick talks about his time during the Vietnam War. He described the men he served with as a “really, really good group of guys.” Keynote speaker Sgt. Paul M. Senick talks about his time during the Vietnam War. He described the men he served with as a “really, really good group of guys.”
Press photos By Mark KirlinThe ceremony was attended by local dignitaries and residents, many of whom are veterans. A light lunch and cake were served at the conclusion of the ceremony. Press photos By Mark KirlinThe ceremony was attended by local dignitaries and residents, many of whom are veterans. A light lunch and cake were served at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Gus Mimikos is a US Air Force veteran. Mimikos was a past Hudson County New Jersey Commander of the American Legion Post 282 from 2001-03 and 2008-10. Gus Mimikos is a US Air Force veteran. Mimikos was a past Hudson County New Jersey Commander of the American Legion Post 282 from 2001-03 and 2008-10.
Thomas Keefer plays “Taps” in honor of his ancestor, Benjamin Franklin Burch, of the 114th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War. Thomas Keefer plays “Taps” in honor of his ancestor, Benjamin Franklin Burch, of the 114th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War.
Pa. State Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-135) attends in honor of veterans. Pa. State Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-135) attends in honor of veterans.
Pa. State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138) makes an appearance to honor veterans. Pa. State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138) makes an appearance to honor veterans.

Vietnam vet keynote speaker at service

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

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Bethlehem Township held its Veterans Day Ceremony at the Community Center Nov. 12, moved indoors due to cool temperatures. The event was attended by local dignitaries such as Pa. State representatives Marcia Hahn and Steve Samuelson, Bethlehem Township Commissioner John Merhottein and many local citizens, including several veterans.

The highlight of the event was a speech by keynote speaker and lifetime resident of Bethlehem Township, Sgt. Paul M. Senick. Senick is a Vietnam vet who served in the U.S. Army’s 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion, A Company, 1st Platoon, 3rd Squad.

Senick was shipped to Vietnam in February 1968 during the Tet offensive. Senick talked about his training leading up to Vietnam, his time during combat in Vietnam and his return home after Vietnam.

Senick’s speech was often emotional as he described his experiences during combat. When describing the men he fought beside, Senick said “I was with a really, really good group of guys.”

Sgt. Senick received two Bronze Stars with “V” device for valor above and beyond the call of duty in combat. He has also been honored with Vietnam Service, National Defense, and Army Service medals.