Longtime St. Elmo Lion and WWII veteran Richard Lowe was presented as St. Elmo’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 during a 6 p.m. ceremony at Community Park on Labor Day.
Mayor Ernie Myers gave a short speech in Lowe’s honor. Dozens of citizens were in attendance to hear of the award.
The following nomination letter, supplied to the Banner by the city of St. Elmo and penned by Michelle Oldfield, was used to select Lowe as the Citizen of the Year.
“I would like to nominate Mr. Richard Lowe for 2018 Citizen of the Year of St. Elmo. He served proudly in WWII and still speaks so highly of his peers in the Navy—never himself, always someone else. He served proudly and in his heart he still does today. As a citizen, he helps with the food pantry, [with] Lions Club, [is an] active member of the American Legion, and stays in close contact with St. Elmo High School agriculture department, among other things, I’m sure. [He] never wants or asks for any recognition or praise. Mr. Lowe, in my opinion, is one of the most selfless men I’ve had the honor to know and have in my life. [He is] always smiling and passing on words of wisdom and encouragement.”
Lowe received a $250 check and a plaque from Myers, as well as congratulations from many friends and neighbors who gathered to hear of his nomination.
The St. Elmo Banner congratulates Lowe for his award and thanks him for his many years of service to the city. A full profile of Lowe’s life and accomplishments will be published at a later date.