The city of Canal Winchester, with Canal Winchester Senior Citizens, Inc. and VFW Post 10523, will host a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 9. The public is invited to join veterans, local leaders, and distinguished guests for this patriotic event set in historic downtown Canal Winchester.
Pancake breakfast for veterans
Acomplementary pancake breakfast for veterans and their families will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. The breakfast will be served by volunteers headed by Canal Winchester Senior Citizens club members, with food arrangements by the family of the late Fred Bivens, U.S. Air Force veteran and long-time club member. Other breakfast volunteers will include youth from Canal Winchester’s Boy Scout Troop 103 and Girl Scout Troop 2053.
Veterans March and Ceremony
The Veterans March begins at 10 a.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center’s 22 S. Trine St. and travels west down East Waterloo Street, turning at South High Street to end at Stradley Place (located next to Canal Winchester Municipal Office Building at 36 S. High St.). A traditional Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Stradley Place immediately following the Veterans March.
Marching veterans will be joined by military vehicles provided by Motts Military Museum. The ceremony includes remarks from Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert and VFW Post 10523 Commander Rick Williams, as well as a patriotic keynote address by Dr. Dana Robinson-Street, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the 1991 Gulf War. Other highlights include a performance of the “National Anthem” by Canal Winchester City 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.”
During October, event organizers request submissions of veteran photos, to be included in an honorary window exhibit at the municipal building and highlighted during the Nov. 9 celebration. (Note: Photos previously submitted to the Canal Winchester Community Affairs office will be exhibited again and do not need to be resubmitted.)
Photo submissions should be copies of an original photo, show veterans or active military personnel in uniform, be no larger than 5×7 inches 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 be dropped off at the Canal Winchester Municipal Building, 36 S. High St., or The Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Submissions may also be submitted electronically on the city’s website or emailed to email@example.com. Submit photos by Oct. 31 for inclusion.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov or call 614-834-9915 for information.