(Posted Nov. 1, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Veterans Day services and programs are planned throughout Madison County.
The United Veterans Organization will participate in a Veterans Day program on Nov. 10 at London High School, 336 Elm St. The veterans will assemble at 10 a.m. The program is open to the public. The United Veterans Organization includes Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.
At 6 p.m. Nov. 11, American Legion Post 105 will serve its annual Veterans Day dinner for members, their families and guests. To make reservations, call (740) 852-9196. The post is located at 51 E. First St. in London.
Madison County Senior Center
The Madison County Senior Center will host a Veterans Day program at noon Nov. 10. Jim Downing, president of the board for Honor Flight Columbus, is the guest speaker. Honor Flight transports military veterans to Washington D.C. at no charge to see the memorials of the respective wars they fought. The senior center’s chimes group will play songs to honor veterans. All veterans who visit the center Nov. 10 will receive a free lunch; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 280 W. High St., London. For more information, call (740) 852-3001.
Veterans Day ceremonies in Mount Sterling include the unveiling of a new veterans monument in the gazebo park across from town hall. The dedication is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 11.
The United States Army 122nd Brass Quintet will perform. Pastor Densil Wright of Mount Sterling Freewill Baptist Church will give the invocation. The American Legion Post 417 color guard will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Guest speakers are Legion finance officer Billy Martin, Mount Sterling Mayor Lowell Anderson, State Rep. Bill Dean, State Senator Bob Hackett, and Legion commander Wes Pierce.
Tom Whiteside, a 67-year Legion member and World War II veteran, and Darrell Cooper, a 61-year Legion member and Korean War veteran, will dedicate and unveil the monument.
Private donations covered the cost of the monument.
On Nov. 12, American Legion Post 417 will host a dinner for all veterans and their guests. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6. Veterans who plan to attend the dinner should RSVP by Nov. 6 to Jean Liston at (740) 869-3615. The post is located at 27 Clark St., Mount Sterling.
A Veterans Day program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Plain City Elementary gymnasium, 580 S. Chillicothe St. The program is open to the public. Special parking is available for those who attend.
Plain City American Legion Post 248 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Darby Post 3268 are the event sponsors. For details, call Bernie Vance at (614) 570-2962.
Norwood Elementary, 899 Norwood Dr., West Jefferson will honor veterans with a ceremony at the school flagpole at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 10.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Third- through fifth-grade students will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Fifth-graders will share their essays on “What America Means To Me.”
Guest speakers are Brig. Gen. Maria Kelly and Lt. Col. Mitchell Gargac. Representatives from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005 and American Legion Post 201 will participate in the ceremony.
The West Jefferson color guard will perform a 21-gun salute. West Jefferson High School student Madalyn Charles and her grandfather, Pat Dillon, will perform “Taps.”
The public is welcome to attend. For details, call the school at (614) 879-7642.