Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings has proclaimed Monday, April 1, 2013 at SSG Steve Blass Day in Estherville. It would have been Blass's 28th birthday.
Blass was killed in a helicopter crash Monday, March 11 in Afghanistan. His services were held this past Tuesday, with thousands lined along the entourage route between Estherville and Spencer.
Billings's proclamation is as follows:
Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings signed a proclamation naming Monday as SSG Steve Blass Day. It would have been Blass’s 28th birthday. At far left and right are Carol and Randy Blass, Steve’s parents, and beside Billings, Blass’s wife Tricia and their son Hayden.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
"Whereas, the City of Estherville and its residents remember SSG Steve Blass who was born in Estherville on April 1, 1985, graduated from Estherville Lincoln Central High School in 2003, attended Iowa Lakes Community College and whose life was cut short on March 11, 2013 in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan; and
"Whereas, it is with great pride that we recognize SSG Steve Blass as a true American hero who has touched the hearts of his fellow soldiers and has been an inspiration of perseverance, loyalty and courage to all; and
"Whereas, SSG Blass served his country and gave the largest of sacrifice; the City of Estherville urges the citizens of Estherville to recognize and reflect on the importance of SSG Steve Blass and his dedication and sacrifice in keeping our country safe.
"Now, therefore, I, Kenny Billings, Mayor of the City of Estherville, do hereby proclaim April 1, 2013 as SSG Steve Blass Day in Estherville."
Carol Blass, Steve's mother, said that after flags were distributed around Estherville a week ago Thursday she placed the remainder in the Blass family yard.
There were 27 - Steve's age when he died.