In a moving ceremony, which included a heartfelt patriotic speech by Ken Locke of the Warsaw Rotary Club, the Kosciusko County War Memorial was rededicated Monday.

Twenty years after the first dedication, the "front" of the five panel monument is full because the names of 302 county men who died during wartime for their country crowd the granite facing southwest. The roll call begins with Civil War-era soldier Jacob Anderek and ends with David Fribley who died in Iraq.

Last week, the name of M. Todd Fiscus was added to the back, which faces northeast. Above the major's name is "Afghanistan." Fiscus died there in March. His widow, Paula, and daughters, Alexandria and Gabrielle, joined more than 100 people attending the rededication.

Last week, a new flag pole was installed. At the pole's base are five brass medallions representing branches of the U.S. military.

A concrete walk surrounds the monument for access to both sides. A spot light has been installed, too.

American Legion Post 49's second vice commander Bob Morrison presented Freedom Isn't Free awards to Kosciusko County Commissioners Ron Truex, Avis Gunter and Brad Jackson; county administrator Ron Robinson and Warsaw Mayor Ernie Wiggins.

Other speakers included American Legion Post 49 Commander Don Nichols; Mike Davis, 2nd District American Legion Commander; and Legion Chaplain Tom Everett, who gave the invocation.

Warsaw Fire Department Ladder One truck displayed a U.S. flag over Lake Street during the ceremony. To conclude the event, the flag was lowered and officially transferred from the fire fighters and police officers to Legion members. The flag recipients then flew the "Stars and Stripes" with the black and grey Vietnam Vet POW-MIA banner below.

The transfer symbolized the passage of the World Trade Center flag from the firemen and police to the U.S. military.

Locke reminded the audience that Monday was the fourth 4th of July holiday observed since Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked passenger planes crashed into New York's WTC Twin Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in a Pennsylvania woods.

Recognized for their donations of time and materials were Patten Monument, Kuert Concrete, Warsaw Rotary Club, Warsaw Morning Optimist Club, the City of Warsaw; Kosciusko County maintenance employees, Lee Wahl Concrete, Denny's Electric, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department and Bob and Chris Morrison.