Veterans Day in Groveport

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Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Veterans Park on Main Street. Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts (left) was the guest speaker and he told the gathered crowd at the ceremony the story of 96-year-old veteran Mike Pohorilla (seated at right). Pohorilla was B-17G navigator during World War II serving with the 385th Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force in England under the command of Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. During 1944 he completed 35 missions. His aircraft suffered severe battle damage on his 18th mission while bombing Germany’s major synthetic oil refinery. The crew walked away from the subsequent crash landing in liberated Belgium when they ran out of fuel.
Members of American Legion Robert Dutro Post 486 raise the flag at the start of the Veterans Day ceremony.
Madison Township firefighters stand at attention during the raising of the flag.
Vocalist Terri Christensen sang a selection of patriotic songs.
Some vintage military vehicles from Motts Military Museum were on display at the event.
The Groveport Police Honor Guard fired a three volley salute to honor the veterans near the end of the ceremony.
Riley Cartmill (pictured here) and Alexander Poth played “Taps” at the close of the ceremony.

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