By Rick Palsgrove
The ongoing coronarvirus pandemic will not stop the city of Groveport from holding its annual Veterans Day ceremony.
But, like many things in 2020, the ceremony will be approached a bit differently.
“Masks and social distancing for those attending the Veterans Day ceremony is required,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “Similar to the Memorial Day ceremony last May, we plan for a smaller than normal crowd.”
The Groveport Veterans Day ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Hilly Alley.
“Main Street will be closed (both lanes near Veterans Park) to accommodate social distancing guidelines for the family members who attend,” said King. “Family members for veterans who are getting a memorial brick and who had a banner along Main Street this year will be invited to attend.”
Hilly Alley will also be closed between Main Street and Cherry Street for the ceremony.
The public can view the ceremony on the city of Groveport’s Facebook page.
“We plan to possibly live stream it and it will also be made available as a recorded video,” said King.
The speaker at this year’s Veterans Day ceremony will be Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts.
The ceremony will include a musical performance of an Armed Forces medley performed by Terri Christensen.
There will not be a reception at Motts Military Museum following the ceremony this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ceremony will include the recognition of 24 veterans who will have bricks commemorating them placed in Veterans Park.
Commemorative bricks may be purchased to honor veterans and good standing military members in any branch of the United States military. Bricks can be ordered for insertion next year by contacting Groveport Town Hall at 614-836-3333.