Lt. Col. Hal Fritz honored at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, surprised with four of his crew members.

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The United States is full of war heroes who have laid down their lives for their country, and Peoria is honored to have one of the best live in our city.  

Lt. Col. Hal Fritz is one of the 74 Medal of Honor recipients to ever receive that prestigious award, and the Peoria Riverfront Museum wanted to honor him by presenting him with a ceremony filled with friends, family, and fellow veterans.

“On behalf of certainly the city of Peoria, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say our country, Colonel, we are so proud of who you are, of what you represent for our country and for our city,” said Mayor of Peoria Jim Ardis.

But they had one surprise Lt. Col. Fritz didn’t expect.

“It gives me great privilege to surprise you by bringing back four of the men who’s lives you saved that day in Vietnam, on this day,” said Peoria Riverfront Museum CEO John Morris.

After his many years of service, Lt. Col. Fritz spoke a lot of wisdom to the crowd at the Riverfront Museum.

“That was the work ethic, the war ethic, these warriors had, and that’s what made the difference.”

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