FRANKLIN — In between the traditional big band standards from the Al Corey Band this past Saturday at the Franklin Veterans Club, there was occasion for a little bit of surprise pageantry.
Lt. Col. Dan Green, recently retired and back in his hometown after 20 years in the Army, was presented with the Military Order of Saint Christopher medal, which recognizes distinguished soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Transportation Corps.
“We couldn’t think of a better event to share the presentation of this prestigious award. Thank you for your service, Colonel Green,” said Ed Jaworski, a retired Army first sergeant.
The order is a military honor society, of which there is one for every branch of the Army. It derives its name from the legend of Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers and transportation. It is comprised of two levels, the Honorable and Ancient Orders, and Green received the Ancient Order, which is the more distinguished of the two.
Green, who retired in June, started his career in June of 1999, after graduating from the University of Maine. He served in Europe, Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois and the Pentagon, among other places, as well as deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. This ceremony normally would have taken place at a formal dining-in ceremony before Green’s retirement, however scheduling conflicts prevented that. And that’s where the Franklin Veterans Club stepped in.
“We actually got the paperwork and everything sent here,” said Jaworski. “And we thought this would be a great event for Veterans Day and a great time to be able to recognize one of our own here.”
For Green, who was there with his wife, Holly, and two children, the event was a surprise.
“I had no idea,” said Green. “Not even a bit.”
Steven Mosley, the club’s president, recalled that growing up in Franklin, Green was quiet but confident.
“We went to Sunday school together, and he’s always been that way,” said Mosley. “It’s nice to be able to honor him right back here.”