CW will host Veterans Day ceremony

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The annual Veterans Day pancake breakfast is out—at least for this year—but Canal Winchester is still planning a socially-distanced patriotic celebration to honor veterans who served in the armed forces.

On Nov. 7, the community is invited to join VFW Post 10523, CW Senior Citizens Inc., and city officials at a Veterans Day march stepping off at 10 a.m. at the historical society complex, 10 W. Oak St.

“Veterans will make their way through the city’s flag-lined downtown streets, traveling south down High St., turning right on to West Columbus Street, and making another right on to Warehouse Alley to end at the greenspace of Stradley Place,” said Hannah Voss, the city’s events and communication coordinator.

A ceremony will begin immediately following the veterans march, when participants will be joined by several military vehicles provided by Motts Military Museum from Groveport.

The ceremony will include remarks from Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert and VFW Post 10523 Commander Rick Williams, as well as a patriotic keynote address by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Pat Durbin, who served over 32 years in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.

“Other highlights include a special performance of our national anthem by Councilman Mike Walker, patriotic selections by the Canal Winchester High School Marching Band and Select Vocal Ensemble, a 21-Gun Salute and the playing of Taps,” continued Voss.

Attendees are encouraged to follow the recommended social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Organizers are asking for photos of veterans or active duty personnel in uniform to include in an honorary window exhibit at the city’s municipal building, which will be highlighted during the Nov. 7 celebration.

Photo submissions should be copies of an original photo no larger than 5×7 and include the following information: name, branch of service, service dates or number of years served, and a phone number or email address for any follow-up questions.

Photos can mailed to the Canal Winchester Community Affairs Office at 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Submissions may also be submitted electronically on the city’s website or emailed to

Submit photos no later than Nov. 1 for inclusion in the display. For more information, visit or call 614-834-9915.

Photos previously submitted to City of Canal Winchester’s Community Affairs office will be exhibited again and do not need to be resubmitted this year.

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