(Posted Nov. 8, 2022)
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. The center’s chimes group will perform. Lieut. Col. Kenton Komives, a native of London, is the guest speaker. He was commissioned in U.S. Army as an infantry officer in 2004 from the University of Toledo.
Komives was deployed to eastern Afghanistan in 2005, southern Iraq in 2007, southern Afghanistan in 2012, Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, and southern Afghanistan in 2019. In 2015, he served with the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in Korea and served as a DMZ inspector in the eastern portion of the country.
Komives has held leadership positions at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bragg, N.C. Currently, he is the chief of operations for the Third Armored Corps at Fort Hood.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College.
His military awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Bronze Star Medal.
All veterans who visit the center Nov. 11 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. Rob Stufflebean, pastor at the United Methodist churches in Derby and Five Points, is the guest speaker.
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 dinner at the post for all veterans on Nov. 13. Each veteran is welcome to bring a guest. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6. To RSVP, contact Jean Liston at 740-207-6527 by Nov. 7.
Plain City American Legion Post 248 will host a memorial program at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 in the gymnasium at DNA (the former elementary school), 240 W. Main St., Plain City. The program is open to the public. Kenneth L. Bonnell, retired Army, is the guest speaker.
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.”
Brigadier General Maria Kelly, 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. 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 (614) 879-7642.