Pine City Post Office Holds Ceremony To Change Name, Honor Fedder (Audio From Ceremony)
On Monday, Aug. 27 at 9am, the Pine City Post Office held a tribute to the service of Pine City’s own Marine Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder, and officially named the building after the fallen war hero.
Fedder, a Pine City High School graduate, was killed by an improvised explosive device two years ago today, on Aug. 27, 2010. Fedder’s life was lost while he was working as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist in Afghanistan. Fedder was buried in Birchwood Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.
On June 5, at the request of U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation renaming the Pine City Post Office the Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office Building in honor of his brave and distinguished service to his country.
Jackie McKellar, Fedder’s mother, was one of the many who spoke during the naming ceremony, along with his widow, Diana Fedder, U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack, and Postal Service Senior Manager Larry Bock, who all addressed the crowd.
Here is the raw audio of the service. (please note, long ovations have been edited out)
Master Sergeant Fedder was a 16-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was the recipient of many military awards, including the Purple Heart, two Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.