On Saturday November 12th members of the Cincinnati Chapters of SAR and DAR joined to participate in a Veterans Day luncheon. It was a blustery day, the first touch of snow filled the air, welcoming Old Man Winter.
This year, we were honored at our Veterans Day Luncheon by the presence of Retired US Army Colonel Jack Lechner.
Mr. Lechner is a former Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery.
We were presented a video which chronicled the issues facing the Arlington National Cemetery leading to Mr. Lechner being drawn out of a brief (one day) retirement. Mr. Lechner shared the changes in management and operations for the cemetery to address and correct the known shortcomings.
As we listened, one could feel the sense of honor, respect and commitment the Arlington team feels toward their responsibilities in taking care of the honored dead and their respective families.
You could feel the obligation they all felt toward those who suffered on behalf of our great country. The commitment to remembering all with the utmost reverence and heartfelt thanks.
Mr. Lechner shared stories or experiences he had during his time leading the Arlington team. They attacked the challenges they encountered, and overcame the enemy. As a result, the leadership and operations team is well positioned going forward.
It was a humbling event, one which you could feel a knot in your stomach and the hair raise on the back of your neck. We honor those who commit to show our nations fallen the respect they deserve.
Mr. Lechner is now the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati College of
Mortuary Science. He joined them in January of 2016.
In conclusion, we were blessed to have someone with Mr. Lechner’s accomplished service share the mission and obligations of the Arlington Cemetery team with us.
Remember, remember those who served and sacrificed for us all. We owe them gratitude and respect for all.