Veterans Day | Services, observances

A list of services and ceremonies for Veterans Day as submitted to The Vindicator. Unless otherwise noted, all events are today:


Girard: A rededication ceremony for the Parkwood War Memorial is at 9:30 a.m. at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. J.D. Williams and the Rev. Sarah Jay of First Baptist Church will preside, and the Girard Honor Guard will participate. The memorial, originally dedicated in 1963, fell into disrepair. Local veterans organizations and community members donated funds to repair the memorial, and it was reset in front of the center.

Girard: A parade forms at Broadway and Market at 5:30 p.m. and steps off at 6 p.m. Along the parade route on the viaduct, representatives of several veterans organizations will toss a wreath into the Mahoning River to honor Navy and Coast Guard veterans, followed by playing of taps and a rifle salute by the Girard Veterans Council Honor Guard. A second ceremony at the war memorial in front of city hall will feature a wreath placement to honor veterans. Mayor James Melfi will be the speaker, and the Rev. Betsy Schenk of Girard First Methodist Church will give the invocation and benediction. Girard High School Band will provide music, and Leslie Kloc will play a selection on the bagpipes.

Leavittsburg: LaBrae High School, 1001 N. Leavitt Road, will honor all local veterans with an assembly at 8:30 a.m. Government students will participate in Bring a Veteran to School Day sponsored by the History Channel. Keynote speaker is state Sen. Joseph Schiavoni of Canfield, D-33rd.

Liberty: The township in cooperation with Liberty High School is having a program at 1:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The high school band and choir will perform, and the Liberty Township police and fire departments will provide a color guard.

Warren: Willard K-8 School will have a program at 9 a.m. by the kindergarten through second-grade pod, and a program at 6:30 p.m. by the fifth- through eighth-grade pod in the school gymnasium. The pod’s choirs will honor family members who are serving or have served in the military. Students were asked to bring in pictures of family members who have or currently are serving in the military. The pictures will be displayed on a wall that night as well. McGuffey K-8 School will have an elementary-school choir concert for veterans at 9:30 a.m. Jefferson K-8 School also will have an assembly to honor veterans at 9:30 a.m.


Beaver: A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial, state Routes 164 and 165, across from the township administration office. In case of rain, the service will be at the township safety building on state Route 165.

Boardman: The 13th annual Forgotten Heroes Program is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Park Cemetery, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd.

Boardman: West Boulevard Elementary School will have a Veterans Day luncheon and program. The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to noon, and the third grade will present a musical program from 12:15 to 12:40 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring their stories to share with the children and respond by today if they wish to attend by calling 330-726-3427.

Campbell: Sts. Rosa de Lima and Lucy Churches will have a Veterans Day Mass at 7 p.m. The Women’s Choral Group of Youngstown State University will sing a medley of patriotic songs after Mass in the parish lounge, followed by refreshments.

Canfield: 11 a.m. service at Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St.

Canfield: At 9 a.m. at Canfield Middle School, 42 Wadsworth St., students will present reflections and poems with music by the school choir.

Struthers: A ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Struthers Veterans War Memorial in front of Struthers High School will feature Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Holzer, head of the Naval Operational Support Center at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna. There also will be remarks by Gene Yuhas and Amelia Zaluski, co-chairmen of the Veterans Memorial Committee. A wreath honoring veterans will be placed at the memorial by Donna Burford of American Legion Post 158 and a gun salute by members of VFW Post 7538. Laddie J. Fedor is master of ceremonies; the colors will be posted by the Civil Air Patrol, and high-school students Leigham Weolls and Danny Grich will perform.

Youngstown: Donald Lockett VFW Post 6488, American Legion Post 504 and the Ladies Auxiliary will pay tribute to African-American soldiers who helped build the Burma (Ledo) Road and to Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington at its Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. at the Post 6488 Hall, 2065 Coitsville-Hubbard Road. Guest speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan L. Williams, a 1989 graduate of North Bloomfield High School. He has more than 22 years of military service, including serving in Desert Storm, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Youngstown: American Legion Post 504 and Auxiliary Unit 504 will honor and celebrate veterans at 5 p.m. at 2225 Glenwood Ave. Keynote speaker is the Rev. Solomon Hill of Centenary Church, who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps. Special honoree is Youngstown Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark.

Youngstown: The United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown will have an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse rotunda, 120 Market St. Guest speaker is Air Force Reserve Maj. Brent Davis, the 910th Airlift Wing’s public-affairs officer.


East Palestine: Veterans from the East Palestine City School District are invited to a Veterans Day Assembly presented by the senior class and social-studies department. The assembly will be at 8 a.m. in the high-school auditorium, 360 W. Grant St. Veterans are asked to call the high school to sign up for the program at 330-426-9401.


The 11th annual Golden Corral Restaurants Veterans Appreciation Dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday. The free meal is available to anyone who has served in the U.S. military including retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserve, at all Golden Corral Restaurants.

Akron: North Coast WAVES Unit 21 in conjunction with Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Stark and Carroll counties will have a Veterans Day celebration at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the 356th Fighter Squadron. Women veterans of the northeastern Ohio unit of WAVES National will be honored, including a contingent from Youngstown.

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