Veterans Day services scheduled throughout the county

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(Posted Nov. 2, 2021)

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. 11. Bob Allen, a decorated Army officer veteran who flew helicopters in Vietnam, is the guest speaker.

The son of a career Army veteran, Allen grew up in the military way of life and traveled the world with his family. This upbringing provided the foundation for his affinity and passion for veterans and for his work with veteran-affiliated organizations.

After leaving the service, Allen flew as a corporate pilot for a few years before launching a career in higher education. Before retiring in 2013, he served for 34 years as the head enrollment officer for private colleges and universities in Florida, Arizona, Missouri and Ohio. Currently, he has come out of retirement to assist Ohio’s Hospice by heading up its American Pride Veteran’s care program.

The Veterans Day program also will include a performance by the senior center’s chimes group. All veterans who visit the center Nov. 11 will receive a free lunch; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 280 W. High St., London. For more information, call (740) 852-3001.

Mount Sterling

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. Post Commander Wes Pierce will speak. Additionally, the Legion will dedicate the newly installed flag poles bearing the American flag and flags for each of the six branches of the military.

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.

Plain City

Plain City American Legion Post 248 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Darby Post 3268 will host a memorial program at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the gymnasium at the former elementary school, 240 W. Main St., Plain City. The program is open to the public.

Colonel Kevin P. Cullen, U.S. Air Force retired. is the guest speaker. He is the assistant vice provost and director of the Office of Military & Veterans Services at Ohio State University. As such, he provides academic and support services for OSU’s 2,300 military-connected students, as well as all Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC cadets and midshipmen.

Cullen is a professor of practice at OSU’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs in the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering & Public Policy and a senior professional staffer at John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab.

For additional information, contact Bernie Vance at (614) 570-2962.

West Jefferson

Norwood Elementary, 899 Norwood Dr., West Jefferson will honor veterans with a ceremony in the school gymnasium at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 11. The service is open to the public.

Norwood Principal Sue Barte will deliver the welcoming message, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Fifth-graders will share their essays on “What America Means To Me.” Randall McMillin, retired Navy, is the guest speaker. 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. “Taps” will bring the ceremony to a close.

For details, call the school at (614) 879-7642.

London

The United Veterans Organization has opted not to host a Veterans Day ceremony this year.

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