Ohio Veterans Day ceremonies and observances
Below is a partial list of community events happening around Ohio in observance of Veterans Day.
ALLIANCE Free program about the Aid and Attendance program for veterans and their spouses, 1:45 to 3 p.m. Friday at McCrea Manor, 2040 McCrea St. Presented by McCrea Manor and Stark County Veterans Service Commission. In addition, Crossroads Hospice will present a veterans ceremony pinning and certificate of appreciation. The Aid and Attendance is an increased monthly pension amount available to a veteran or surviving spouse. RSVP to Nichole Wilson at 330-823-9005. CANAL FULTON Community Veterans Day program, 3 p.m. today, Northwest High School, Puffenberger Hall, 8580 Erie Ave. N. The honored guests will be Donald T. Ackerman, an award-winning soldier who served in the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq who is pastor of Canal Fulton United Methodist Church, and John D. Hatfield, who served with the Army and Ohio National Guard and earned the Army Commendation Medal and induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. The event also will feature music from local groups. Sponsor: The Friends of the Canal Fulton Public Library and Canal Fulton/Lawrence Township Talk About Potential Commission.
CANTON Greater Canton Veterans Council Veterans of the Year awards presentation, 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Westbrook Park, 13th Street NW and Harrison Avenue NW. The Veteran of the Year is John Ley of Canton, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a military policeman from 1972-74 and has held posts with American Legion Post 44. GREEN Veterans Day ceremony, 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 Steese Road. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Queen of Heaven’s New Life Parish, 1900 Steese Road. Patriotic concert by the Akron Youth Symphony, 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Pkwy., Green. Tickets (required) are $5 and may be purchased at akronsymphony.org or by calling 330-535-8131. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the performance, if available. JACKSON TOWNSHIP Salute to veterans, 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Stark State College, 6200 Frank Ave. NW. The guest speaker is U.S. Army veteran Brook Harless, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame member. A current participant in the Leadership Stark County Signature program, she was a recipient of Stark County’s 20 under 40 award. Dee Ann Covey, executive director of the Stark County Veterans Service Commission, will recognize the veterans in attendance. The Stark State College Chorale will provide patriotic music, and Green High School ROTC members will serve as Color Guard. A light lunch will follow. LAKE TOWNSHIP Veterans Day Celebration, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday , Lake Middle/High School, 1025 Lake Center St., Hartville. The event will feature live music, a speaker and an informal for all veterans; doors will open at 7:45 a.m. for the reception in the cafeteria. The program will follow in the gym. Participants should enter Door 7 off Market Avenue by the Lake Community Library or Door 5 by the Lake Community YMCA. VeteRun CQ 1-mile family fun walk/run to honor veterans, sponsored by Stark Parks, Saturday, Quail Hollow Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE. Registration at 8 a.m. Honor guard and flag raising at 9 a.m. Other activities include kids’ obstacles, making cards for veterans, a MAPS Air Museum plane display, K-9 demonstration, wildlife viewing and Manor House tours. All free. Advance registration at reservations.starkparks.com/program/1138. MAGNOLIA Sandy Valley Local Schools Veterans Day tribute, 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sandy Valley High School gym, 5130 state Route 183 NE. Refreshments will be served in the library following the ceremony. MASSILLON Historian Margy Vogt will offer a walking tour at Veterans Memorial Park at 1 p.m. Nov. 11. The tour will begin outside the Massillon Museum. Special attention will be paid to memorials and stories of patriotism and heroism. Other topics will be covered. The six-block walk should conclude at 3 p.m. The tour is wheelchair accessible. The cost is $7. Info: contact Vogt at 330-832-8469 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ORRVILLE The University of Akron Wayne College annual Veterans Day Luncheon and Recognition Ceremony, 11 a.m. Friday in the Student Life Building. The military-style ceremony will include lunch, music and a remembrance for fallen military members. Representatives will be on hand to share local resources available to veterans. Stair Steps to Wellness will provide complimentary chair massages to veterans who arrive early. A ceremony and lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. Lt. Col. Jessica M. Brantner (U.S. Air Force) will provide the keynote address. The event is free for veterans and a family member, but seating is limited. Registration is required at wayne.uakron.edu/webforms/rsvp/veterans.dot or by calling 330-684-8973. PLAIN TOWNSHIP Salute to Veterans, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park, 1714 Schneider St. NE. Vendors will offer information to veterans at noon. A free catered lunch by Mission BBQ will be served at 1 p.m. Ceremony at 1:50 p.m. A flag-retirement ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. at Central Fire Station. For more details or to obtain a booth, contact Rob Steinberg at 330-492-4689 or rsteinberg@PlainTownship.com.
CHARDON Lt. Col. Allen West, U.S. Army retired, will be speaking at the Veterans Day ceremony in Chardon on Nov. 11. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Geauga County Courthouse on Chardon Square.
EUCLID Euclid's Veterans Day ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 11, at the City Hall 585 E. 222nd St. The public is invited to join the city and The Euclid Joint Veterans Council as they gather to recognize and honor those who served the cause of freedom throughout the nation’s history.
KIRTLAND The Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center will host "God bless the USA: A Tribute to Our Veterans" at 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road. This musical tribute event is open to the public.
MADISON American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host a veterans dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the post home. For details, call the post at 440-428-7893.
MENTOR A Veterans Day Breakfast & Ceremony will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road. Pancake breakfast and recognition event are free for veterans. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the senior center at 440-974-5725.
A Veterans Day Ceremony will then be held 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at the Mentor Veterans Memorial, 8484 Munson Road. The public is invited to help honor the men and women who have served the country. For more information or to participate, call Mentor Recreation at 440-974-5720.
PARKMAN TOWNSHIP Eric Patterson, a piper with the Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums, will be at the Overlook Cemetery at 18145 Tavern Road in Parkman Township at 6 a.m. Nov. 11 to play a bagpipe solo in memory of the many who served and the sacrifices they made during World War I. The event is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI.
PARMA Cuyahoga Community College will honor the men and women who served in the nation’s military during a Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Veterans Memorial Garden and Galleria in its Western Campus. The program will include a presentation by Tri-C’s James Banks — director of the Crile Archive Center for History Education at Western Campus — on “World War I, George Crile and the Founding of the Cleveland Clinic.” The Western Campus is located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Free parking is available.
Downtown Cincinnati: November 10: DAV 5k, Run to Honor Veterans Rhinegeist Veterans Day Fundraiser. November 10: Head to the Rhinegeist taproom this Veterans Day to celebrate the men and women who have served bravely in our Armed Forces. For their taproom event, 50% of beer sales will be donated to The Barracks Project, Inc. Here’s what you can look forward to on event day: Valor: They’ll be tapping Valor, a tasty Coconut Porter devised and brewed by veterans on staff. ; Pay-A-Pint Forward: Attendees can pre-purchase a pint for an active or veteran military member. When a military member comes to the bar, they can redeem their free pint! ; Archery: $1 to play, all proceeds donated ; Raffle: all proceeds donated ; Patriotic Postcards: write a message to troops serving overseas — we will send them post-event! ; Rescued & Ready Inc. will also be on site providing information about their rescue services to those that are disabled. Veterans Day at Union Terminal. November 11: The event includes tours; a Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 flyover (weather permitting) followed by a Veterans Honors Ceremony featuring the Army Band of Flight; WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Panel, moderated by John Lomax; and a Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan War Panel, moderated by Craig McKee (see site for times). Veterans Day Salute at Memorial Hall. November 11: This unique Veterans Day tribute will include a full day of activities, with a morning lecture and afternoon military dress exhibition, culminating in a performance by Memorial Hall’s longtime resident wind symphony, the Queen City Concert Band (QCCB). Following a Military Honor Guard representing all branches of the United States military, the QCCB will offer a variety of patriotic selections with themes reflecting the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform during America’s significant domestic and foreign wars. As a special treat, the QCCB will feature the talents of three students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, who will sing a rousing medley of popular World War II era hits by the Andrews Sisters. There will also be a timely musical commemoration acknowledging the centennial anniversary of the first world war. A cookie and punch reception will follow. VFW Post 10380 Veterans Day Ceremony, November 11:, 11-11:30am at Veterans Park (6303 Harrison Ave) Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Blue Ash. November 11: The Blue Ash Veterans Day Ceremony is the largest in Southwest Ohio. Join in to honor all veterans at 10:30 a.m. at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of Cooper and Hunt Roads. There will be essay readings from local students, a wreath laying, taps, and much more. Colonel Paul W. Fellinger, Jr. will serve as keynote speaker. The ceremony will be followed by a picnic-style lunch served in the Blue Ash Recreation Center for $5 per person. Everyone is invited. Batavia Veterans Day Parade. November 11: The American Legion Veterans Day Parade in Batavia will begin at 1pm. Veterans Day Ceremony at the American Legion Post 484. November 11, 6-8pm. The evening will begin with cheese coneys courtesy of Gold Star Chili and fellowship at 6:00 PM. The ceremony to honor all Veterans will begin at 7:00pm. The keynote speaker for this evening will be Post 484 member and Vietnam veteran Tom Adkins. Lastly, they will conclude the ceremony with a 21 Gun Salute from Post 484’s Honor Guard. 64th Veterans Day Commemoration at the Main Library. November 12: Local radio host Lincoln Ware will be the keynote speaker at the The program begins at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the atrium of the South Building. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum honors our Veterans with Flags of Honor, Nov. 4 – 12; 100 3’ x 5’ sponsored US flags will be placed along the roadways within the cemetery and will be on display the entire week of the Veterans Day holiday. The proceeds from sponsorships will be distributed to Honor Flight Tristate and the Spring Grove Heritage Foundation.
Columbus: Noon MILVETS parade on Friday, Nov. 9, starting at North High Street and Nationwide Boulevard, traveling south on High Street and turning west onto Broad Street. This year, the parade honors the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the founding of the American Legion.
Honor Flight Columbus Mission 93 - Veteran's Day - 8:45 p.m. at the John Glenn International Airport. Meet at the A Concourse wing, ticketing level, in front of the Southwest ticket counters (outside of security). Delaware: 3 p.m. parade starting at Ohio Wesleyan University, near Wilmer Street, through the city and to the county fairgrounds on Pennsylvania Avenue, with ceremony to follow. Dublin: 11 a.m. ceremony Monday, in Veterans Park, 77. N. High St., with keynote address by Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt. Gahanna: 11 a.m. ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road. Grove City: 11 a.m. service at Grove City Museum , 3378 Park St. Hilliard: 2 p.m. parade starting at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 5035 Northwest Parkway, to Veterans Memorial at Roger Reynolds Municipal Park, where a short ceremony will be held with keynote by retired Marine Sgt. Maj. George Mussi. A free (donations welcome for the American Legion’s “Gifts for Yanks” program) bean and cornbread dinner will be served at the Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Rd., from 3 to 6 p.m.
Johnstown: 11 a.m. parade Saturday from Johnstown High School, 445 S. Main St., to American Legion Post 254, with lunch following. Marysville: 2 p.m., Voices from the Stone program at Union County Veterans Memorial at the Union County Courthouse.
New Albany: Remembrance of the 31 New Albany-Plain Township soldiers that left home for the battlefields of Europe 100 years ago. This Veteran’s Day will honor them with song, silence, historical displays, captivating visual effects & more. 6:30 p.m. at the McCoy Center for the Arts. Pleasant Township (Perry County): Noon rededication of WWII monument, located on Route 13 (across from the post office in Moxahala), with guest speaker retired Maj. Gen. David Hartley. Powell: 11 a.m. ceremony Monday at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall Street, with a free luncheon to follow in the municipal building’s east room for veterans and military personnel as well as their family and friends. (In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be in the city council chambers.) Westerville: 8:30 a.m. Friday, free pancake breakfast for veterans ($5 for everyone else), Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. To register in advance, visit the front desk or the senior center at 310 W. Main St. Whitehall: Noon parade Saturday from Etna Elementary School, 4531 Etna Road, to the high school.
• The Fun Center Chordsmen, men’s a cappella chorus, will host their annual “Salute to Veterans” program at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield. The Fun Center Chordsmen will sing several patriotic selections with one song specially arranged to honor each branch of the service. The 179th Airlift Wing Honor Guard will post the colors. The featured speaker will be MSgt. Michael Swick, the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the 179th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guard. • St. Mary School has planned a Veterans Day celebration at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at 26 West St., Shelby. "A Veterans Day Musical Salute" will feature classes singing patriotic music and readings about the history and the importance of Veterans Day. The Richland County Military Burial Squad will present the flag folding. Light patriotic refreshments will be served. For details, call 419-342-2626. • Willard City Schools Veterans Day program will take place at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Robert L. Haas gymnasium. Veterans are invited for a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the commons area. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Colonel and Willard High School alum Daniel Barnett. For reservations, call 419-964-6439. • Mansfield Christian School's annual Veterans Day program will take place at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9, and last approximately 1 hour. The program will feature a presentation of colors by the Air National Guard Color Guard; school choirs performing patriotic music; and guest speaker Colonel Allison Miller, Commander of the 179th Air Lift Wing. • The Waterford at Mansfield will have a Veterans Day event from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at 1296 S. Trimble Road, Mansfield. The event features live music by The Rib Ticklers and food. • Free clinic for veterans between noon and 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at Third Street Family Health Services, 600 W. Third St., Mansfield. All veterans with scheduled appointments on November 8, 2018 will receive an exam, x-rays and cleaning at no cost. The event will also feature veteran resource vendors, breakfast pastries and lunch. Interested veterans may schedule an appointment by calling 419-522-1939. • 9th Annual Veteran Celebration and free furniture giveaway, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Ashley Homestore, 919 Lexington Springmill Road, Mansfield. The schedule includes free breakfast for veterans and guests from 8 to 9 a.m.; Veteran services and information from 8 to 10 a.m.; posting of colors by American Legion Post 535 of Bellville, guest speaker, and furniture giveaway between 9 and 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Vivian Winters of the 179th Air National Guard. More than $7,000 in free furniture will be given away; veterans must register for the drawing and be present to win. • Ashland University will designate a permanently unoccupied seat in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field to honor the military personnel who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who have been declared missing in action (MIA). A public dedication ceremony for the collegiate POW/MIA Chair of Honor will take place Nov. 10 as part of the halftime activities during the Eagle football game against Northern Michigan. For details, call 419-207-6478. • The Mansfield Veteran's Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11. The parade forms on Marion Avenue between the five-way light to Wood St., then travels down Park Avenue West to Central Park, and ends at the gazebo. At 10:50 a.m. the 40 & 8 Boxcar will fire off 11 volleys, one per minute to honor all veterans. Immediately after the 11 volleys are fired, the Veterans Day ceremony will start at 11a.m. at the gazebo. Dennis Hempfield is the Parade Marshal. The Grand Marshal and featured speaker is U.S. Army veteran and executive director of the Richland County Veterans Service Commission J. Ken Estep. In the event of rain, the service will take place at AMVETS Post 26, 1100 W. Fourth St., Mansfield. • Members of American Legion Post 257 and VFW Post 8586 will lead multiple remembrance ceremonies in Loudonville, beginning with a 10 a.m. service at the Ohio 39 bridge and Greenlawn Cemetery in Perrysville. Loudonville native Isaac Hunter built a whistle used to signify that the war ended in 1918. The same whistle will blow at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. At 11:20 a.m., the American Legion and VFW will conduct another remembrance ceremony at the Soldier's Memorial in Central Park, where the whistle will be on display. For details, call the CRF Museum at 419-994-4050. • The Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame will have an induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Bucyrus High School. • Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will host "Veteran Support in Addiction and in Richland County" from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the library, 43 W. Third St., Mansfield. Those attending will learn about local resources available for veterans. Speakers include Ken Estep from the Richland County Veterans Service Commission, Lori Hamann-Fourhman from Mansfield Municipal Court, and personal testimonies.