Greene County officials congregated in the yard of the historic Courthouse on Monday to join the Sons of the American Revolution in honoring America’s flag.
They also surprised outgoing Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch with an award to recognize his 61 years of public service.
The SAR held a ceremony educating those in attendance with a brief history of the flag and the times it was changed because of the addition of states. The ceremony also included the awarding of flags to the three Greene County Commissioners.
After the main award ceremony, Bengsch was asked by the event’s host J. Howard Fisk to stay at the table being used as the event’s podium. Bengsch was then presented with the Silver Good Citizenship Award from the SAR.
Bengsch called the award “a complete surprise” and that his decades serving the community has been “an honor.”
Bengsch even cracked a joke about the current pandemic when he accepted the award, as he removed his mask for some photos with Fisk and the award.
“I’m not letting the virus take this one away from me,” Bengsch said, drawing laughter.
The 85-year-old Bengsch announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election and retire after 61 years with the Health Department and the County Commission.
Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon called Bengsch a “true leader” and said that he has become a better Commissioner and leader for having worked with Harold Bengsch.