Quick takes – September 2

Enjoy concert, support cause

Local residents have an opportunity to support a good cause today while enjoying a free concert. Classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult headlines the annual fundraising concert at Mill Race Park for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, which is headquartered in Columbus. The event raises money and awareness for the local, nonprofit, which treats a variety of seriously ill patients.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks, and Blue Öyster Cult is expected to take the stage about 8:30.

This is a critical time to raise operational funds for the next year for Our Hospice. Providing support through a free concert — proceeds for Our Hospice are raised from sponsors, T-shirts, raffle tickets, food and souvenirs — doesn’t get much better.

Tremendous honor

Bartholomew County resident Charles B. “Red” Whittington has been approved to be decorated as a Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor on Sept. 9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

It’s France’s highest order of merit for military and civilian merits. Whittington’s honor is due to his fighting in France in World War II when his Army unit helped liberate the city of Metz from the Germans on Nov. 21, 1944.

Previously he was honored in 2014 as one of the Iron Men of Metz with a dedication of the bridge over Clifty Creek on U.S. 31 on Columbus’ east side.

We salute Whittington for this prestigious honor — for which he is greatly deserving.

Great respect shown

The Columbus community rose to the occasion to show a proper final salute to Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter, 23, who died Aug. 2 in southern Afghanistan in a suicide bombing attack that also killed another Army soldier.

Thousands paid their respects along the Aug. 22 procession route, when the Columbus native’s remains were transported from Columbus Municipal Airport to the Barkes, Weaver & Glick funeral home. Thousands more attended either the Aug. 26 visitation or military funeral service at East High School, providing his family with much needed love and support. They showed great respect for a fallen soldier who laid down his life in defense of his country.

Sgt. Hunter deserved nothing less.