American Flag program still going on by S. H. Lions Club
The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.
The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.
For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.
As the program continues this week, five members of the Rickert family who served during World War II will be recognized, including Kathryn (Rickert) Chickilly, 90, of Summit Hill, the borough's former secretary-treasurer. She served in the Women's Marine Corps from 1943-45, including at Cherry Point, N.C., and attained the rank of corporal as a parachute rigger.
Her brother, Eugene Rickert, 87, is retired 33 years from Pa. State Police, living in Lebanon, Pa. He served in the Navy from 1944-46 as a fire controlman first class aboard a LS756 Landing Barge, the USS Birmmenton, in the South Pacific.
Their late brothers are also being memoralized. They include:
Louis Rickert served in the Army Engineer Corps from 1941-45, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He served on D-Day and in Normandy, France, England and Germany.
Norman Rickert served in the Navy from 1942-45, attaining the rank of second class machinist while serving aboard re-fuel aircraft in the South Pacific.
Gordon Rickert served in the Coast Guard from 1942-45, attaining the rank of seaman first class with service in the horse-mounted beach patrol in Delaware.
Town residents are invited to contact Lions Club members to have their family member or friend scheduled to be honored or memorialized. Joseph O'Gurek Jr., 645-5171, is in charge of the scheduling. Those making a request to have a veteran scheduled should provide that person's service record.
The only stipulations to be scheduled are that the person being recognized is a current or former town resident and must have served in the Armed Services.