(Posted Nov. 1, 2023)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Veterans Day services and programs in Madison County are as follows.
Madison County Senior Center
The Madison County Senior Center will host a Veterans Day program at noon on Nov. 10. The program is open to the pubic. The center’s chimes group will perform. Members of American Legion Post 201, West Jefferson, will perform color guard duties.
Lieut. Gen. (retired) Charles E. Stenner Jr. is the guest speaker. Stenner graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in 1968 and the College of Wooster in 1972. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon completing Officer Training School in 1973. He has served in various operational and staff assignments, including duty as an F-4 pilot, an A-10 instructor pilot and operations officer, and an F-16 pilot. He has commanded four operations groups and two fighter wings. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-4, A-10, and F-16.
Stenner served as chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. As chief of the Air Force Reserve, he served as principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Air Force chief of staff. As commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, he had full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.
All veterans who visit the senior center Nov. 10 will receive a free lunch; lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center is located at 280 W. High St., London. For more information, call (740) 852-3001.
Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 will hold a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Park, located across from town hall, 1 S. London St. All veterans and the public are invited to attend the service. Veterans who wish to participate are asked to arrive by 10:30 a.m.
The Ladies Auxiliary will host a fried chicken dinner at the post, 27 Clark St., for all veterans on Nov. 12. Each veteran is welcome to bring a guest. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6. To RSVP, contact Kim Stultz at (614) 657-9037 by Nov. 6.
Plain City American Legion Post 248 will host a Veterans Day service at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 10 in the auxiliary gymnasium at Jonathan Alder High School, 9200 U.S. Rte. 42, Plain City. The program is open to the public. Veterans are invited to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments prior to the service.
General Maryanne Miller is the guest speaker. Miller serves as commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The command’s mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces.
Miller was commissioned in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at The Ohio State University. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in numerous aircraft. She has commanded two wings and held many staff leadership positions on the Air Staff and Joint Staff. Prior to her current assignment, she served as chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia, and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
Norwood Elementary, 899 Norwood Dr., West Jefferson will honor veterans with a ceremony in the school gymnasium at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 10. The service is open to the public.
Norwood Principal Andrea Buescher will deliver the welcoming message, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Fifth-graders will share their essays on “What America Means To Me.”
Brigadier General Maria Kelly and Chief Master Sgt. Rudy Dalton are the guest speakers. 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. High School student Clara Drummond will play “Taps” to bring the ceremony to a close.
In the afternoon, Julie Collins will talk to fifth-graders about her military service.
For details, call the school at (614) 879-7642.