David Freyling, the longtime advocate for Macon County veterans who died Saturday, was recognized by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis on the House floor Wednesday.
The Taylorville Republican described Freyling, 79, as a "dear friend and dedicated patriot" in a short speech detailing his life and accomplishments.
An Army veteran who served in Korea and Germany, Freyling was chairman of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Macon County since 2005. He was instrumental in the creation of Decatur’s World War II Memorial, erected in 2012, and volunteered as a driver for hundreds of veterans' trips to the VA Illiana Health Care System facility in Danville.
Davis' full remarks are below:
I rise today to remember David Freyling, a dear friend and dedicated patriot who passed away over the weekend.
Dave’s entire life was about serving others. He served in the Army from 1956-1966 with the 82nd Airborne in Berlin during the construction of the Berlin Wall and was later stationed in Korea, where he helped build roads, bridges, and infrastructure.
Dave dedicated his life to his fellow veterans. He was the chairman of the Help for Heroes fund and the Veterans Assistance Commission of Macon County for 13 years and many know him for his selflessness in getting veterans the help they need. For many years, he voluntarily drove veterans to the Danville VA hospital nearly 90 miles away – taking 389 total trips and racking up over 70,000 miles to shuttle his fellow veterans to the VA to get healthcare.
He was active in his church, volunteered with the American Red Cross, and was a prominent member of both the American Legion and the Macon County Honor Guard. He served on the Decatur Civic Center board and worked tirelessly for years to bring to life the World War II Memorial in town, which was finally completed in 2012 thanks to Dave’s hard work. By all accounts, Dave was a true example of patriotism and service.
Words cannot express how much he will be missed. He made an immeasurable impact on the lives of veterans and the Decatur community. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Jeannine, and to all those who knew Dave.