Veterans Day in Groveport

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Veterans Day
The city of Groveport held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 in Veterans Park. The guest speaker, Groveport resident Mary Miller who is chief human resource officer at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and a military veteran, said veterans are a “shining example of valor, courage, and sacrifice…who never waivered in defending the idea of America and protecting our way of life.” The 2022 Veterans Brick honorees in the park are: U.S. Army – Lowell Mathews. James McMahan, Robert Patrick; U.S. Marine Corp – Jason Huston; U.S. Navy – William Johnson, John Karlich, John Pellior; and U.S. Air Force – Donald Grant. Pictured above playing “Taps” at the end of the ceremony is Katie Cordle, who is the Groveport Madison Middle School South band director and assistant director of the Groveport Madison High School marching band. Visible behind Cordle are some of the Hometown Heroes veterans banners that were displayed at major Main Street intersections this year. These 2022 Hometown Heroes Military Honorees were: U.S. Army – Montgomery Dotson, Marion Gray, Mark Keller, Wayne Whisman; U.S. Marine Corp – Scott Clinger, David Flowers; U. S. Navy – Bill Branscomb, John Karlich; and U. S. Air Force – David Frashier, Joseph Jackson, Jonathan Pierce, William Schweinsberg. A new set of Hometown Heroes banners are displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day each year. Pictured below are members of American Legion Robert Dutro Post 486 raising the flag at the start of the ceremony.

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