Son receives same honor as father

Hero’s hon­or: Lee Page ac­cepts con­grat­u­la­tions from his wife, Michelle, and fath­er, Don­ald, after of­fi­cially be­ing ap­poin­ted first ser­geant in the Pennsylvania Army Na­tion­al Guard. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

Don­ald Page spent 25 years in the U.S. Army, re­tir­ing in 1976 with the rank of first ser­geant.

These days, Page is a pop­u­lar bar­tender at McK­enna’s at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Aldine Street in May­fair.

Lee D. Page, Don­ald’s son, fol­lowed his fath­er in­to the mil­it­ary. He’s a mem­ber of the Pennsylvania Army Na­tion­al Guard. He’s based out of the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard Ar­mory, at Southamp­ton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, and is in charge of re­cruit­ing in the five-county Phil­adelphia area.

The young­er Page is in his 21st year with the Guard, and had been a mas­ter ser­geant. In Janu­ary, he was giv­en a lat­er­al ap­point­ment to first ser­geant, the his fath­er’s rank when he re­tired.

The of­fi­cial ce­re­mony took place Jan. 23 at McK­enna’s, as Lee Page’s fath­er and wife Michelle placed the chev­rons on his uni­form.

“It’s spe­cial. I’m glad to be able to do this and make my dad proud,” Lee Page said.

Don­ald Page, who served in com­bat in the Korean and Vi­et­nam wars, cer­tainly was proud of his son.

“He’s out­stand­ing. That’s why he got to where he is,” the eld­er Page said.

Lee Page’s son, Da­mon, and daugh­ter, Aman­da, were on hand for the ce­re­mony. Da­mon Page is a spe­cial­ist in the Pennsylvania Army Na­tion­al Guard.

In ad­di­tion, about 20 of Lee Page’s work col­leagues were in at­tend­ance.

Bar own­er Sue McK­enna hos­ted the fest­iv­it­ies.

Lee Page, who at­ten­ded St. Domin­ic Ele­ment­ary School and Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School, re­ceived the ap­point­ment be­cause of his ded­ic­ated ser­vice, pat­ri­ot­ism, val­or, fi­del­ity and pro­fes­sion­al ex­cel­lence.

The party, of course, would not be com­plete without Pabst Blue Rib­bon flow­ing from the tap.

McK­enna’s is fam­ous for its 80-cent PBR mugs. In fact, McK­enna’s served more PBR on tap than any bar in Amer­ica in 2012. The 2013 win­ner has not yet been an­nounced. ••

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