Nine Richfield Rotarians joined with other Area 3 Rotarians to honor our nation’s veterans, including HaeKyung Thompson’s father, Jay Nielson, and our own David Melcher, both of whom served in the U.S. Army. 
Angelica Cantanti Choir provided patriotic music while the Como Park High School ROTC group presented the colors.  The keynote speaker was Colonel Ken Rizer (Ret.) who served 25 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and commander, completing 15 assignments including tours in Iraq.  His last assignment was serving as commander of Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One.  With 1.2 American lives lost in past conflicts, Rizer reminded us that “freedom isn’t free" and added, "We owe a debt of gratitude to all veterans and current military.”