(Aurora, Ind.) - A local veteran will be recognized with a very special award for his service to military members next week.
Luther Rice, of Aurora, fought in the Korean War. On Tuesday, August 27, Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) and the Civilian Marksmanship Program will present Rice with the Patriot Award.
The Patriot Award recognizes individual supervisors and bosses nominated by an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve for support provided directly to the nominating Service Member. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Rice, a retired Marine captain, has been a Korean War Veterans Association National Director since 2008. In addition, he serves as Commander of Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #4 in Aurora.
He joined the Marines after graduating from Aurora High School at the age of 17 in 1948. He served in the last two years of “The Forgotten War” as well as during the Vietnam War earning the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.
The award ceremony will take place at Messer’s office in Shelbyville at 2:45 p.m.