Organizations in the Madison County area have planned the following Veterans Day events:
At noon on Nov. 9, the Madison County Senior Center will honor veterans with an honor guard, medley of armed forces songs by pianist Karen Cooper, group singing of “God Bless America,” and performance of “Taps” by Allison Komives. Refreshments will be served. The center is located at 280 W. High St. in London.
On Nov. 10, London’s American Legion Post 105 will serve its annual dinner for veterans and guests at 6:30 p.m. A program is planned. A “power everlasting” ceremony will conclude the evening. The first 100 reservations will be honored. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the Liberty Lounge, bottom floor of the post, or call 740-852-9196 to register. The post is located at 51 E. First St. in London.
The United Veterans Organization will conduct its Veterans Day program at London High School, 336 Elm St., on Nov. 12. The veterans will assemble at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin at 10. The speakers will be London High School graduates Bob Minner and Ron Wilson.
Immediately following the school program, the veterans will adjourn to the Madison County Courthouse to conduct a brief ceremony at the monument on the courthouse lawn.
The United Veterans Organization is made up of veterans from Amvets Chapter 19, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 93, American Legion Post 105, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1176, and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 746.
On Nov. 10, Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will host a free dinner for veterans and their spouses. The menu will include baked steak, mashed potatoes, corn, cole slaw and rolls. Those who attend are asked to bring dessert.
Happy hour is set for 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 and a puppet show by the Apostolic Church at 8. Membership renewals also will take place.
Dinner reservations are required by Nov. 6. Call Karen Stires at 740-869-4111 or Jeanne Justice at 869-4443. The post is located at 27 Clark St.
At 11 a.m. Nov. 11, the Legion will conduct a brief public ceremony at the flag pole at Mount Sterling’s Town Hall.
West Jefferson’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005 will host a service and dinner for members and guests at 6 p.m. Nov. 10. The meal is free for regular post members and $5 for guests. At 7 p.m., the doors will open to the public for live music until 11 p.m. The post is located at 1 Veterans Way (formerly 56 Walnut St.). For more information, call 614-879-6333.
West Jefferson’s American Legion Post 201 will participate in a parade in downtown Columbus on Nov. 9 and the 12th District American Legion parade on Nov. 11.
The Legion and the VFW also will participate in a local school program on Nov. 12. The school program is set for 10 a.m. at Norwood Elementary. Veterans also will be at at West Jefferson Middle School at 1:15 p.m.
The Norwood program will be conducted on the school lawn in front of the flag. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will sing and winners of the fifth-grade essay contest will be announced. The topic was “What America Means to Me.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3268 will conduct a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in downtown Plain City next to the Masonic Temple. The program will include a guest speaker and music performed by the Jonathan Alder High School band.
After the ceremony, the post will host a free lunch for veterans, their spouses and current members. The post is located at 241 Maple St. in Plain City. For more information, call 614-873-4735.
Hilliard American Legion Post 614 will host the annual American Legion Parade at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Hilliard. The parade will form at 3 p.m. at Heritage Middle School, 5670 Scioto Darby Road, travel southeast on Scioto Darby, left onto Cemetery Road, then left onto Lattimer Street where it will end at Post 614.
The parade will include active military units, junior ROTC units and veterans’ organizations from Franklin and sur-rounding counties. Local veterans organizations expected to participate include Madison County Voiture 477, which will enter their boxcar, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 201 from West Jefferson.
Hilliard resident Bill Schnug, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, will be the grand marshal.
The parade is open to all veterans groups from the Central Ohio area. For more information, contact Refinati at 614-861-5622 or the Hilliard Legion Post at 614-876-4238.