Noah Gangi

Noah Gangi, Hospice Community Liaison, introduces the ceremony's main speaker on Monday, Sept. 19 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds.

ASHLAND — Jimmie Hendricks was a 32-year-old Navy veteran when he touched with his bare hands a piece of history so close to his heart, the Medal of Honor.

It was a balmy Monday morning at the Ashland County Fairgrounds when the now 77-year-old pushed down on his walker to stand up, amidst an unknowing crowd during a veteran’s service, to recount with a shaky voice the story he’s told, with tears in his eyes, countless times.