Listing of Veterans Day events throughout Mahoning Valley
A list of services, ceremonies and other events for Veterans Day as submitted to The Vindicator.
Girard: Veterans Day services will begin at 5:30 p.m. today with a parade starting at Broadway and Market Streets. The step-off will be at 6 p.m., and the parade will march south on Market to Liberty Street, and head west on Liberty to the Girard Viaduct. At the viaduct, a short service will take place, and a wreath will be thrown by the Army Navy Garrison 422 Ladies Auxiliary President. The Girard High School Band will perform, and the Girard Veterans Council Honor Guard will give a rifle salute with the playing of taps. The parade will re-form and march east on Liberty to High Street, north on High to Main and east on Main to the War Memorial. At the memorial, Boy Scout Troop 40 will raise the Flag, and a wreath will be placed by a representative of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 235. The band will perform as well as a second rifle salute with the playing of taps. Mayor James Melfi will speak, with Rev. Rhonda Gallagher of First Lutheran Church giving the invocations and benedictions at both the bridge and memorial.
Niles: Niles American Legion Post 106 will observe Veterans Day with an 11 a.m. today ceremony at Niles Union Cemetery, state Route 46 and Niles-Vienna Road. The ceremony will honor all branches of military service. The Niles McKinley High School band will play taps, and Army-Navy Garrison 252 will perform a 21-gun salute. The Legion commander will share a few words. All veterans and the public are welcome.
Lowellville: American Legion Lowellville Post 247 will host a Veterans Day dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of city hall, 140 E. Liberty St. All veterans are invited to attend; make a reservation by calling 330-536-6575. County American Legion commander Rod Hosler will speak and present an award. Sergeant technician Vince Bellanca will receive the Knight of the French Legion of Honor. The medal was sent to him by the government of France 69 years after serving 144 days of continuous combat in Northern France. Bellanca landed in Cherbourg, France, and his unit continued all the way to Heidelberg and Mannheim.
North Jackson: Jackson-Milton High School, 10748 Mahoning Ave., will host a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. today in the high/middle-school cafetorium. Speakers will be Master Sergeant Geoff Clark from the Vienna Airbase and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th. Refreshments will be provided after the program for veterans in attendance. The public is welcome.
Struthers: Struthers City Schools will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the Struthers Veterans Memorial at Morrison and Euclid. Guest speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Roderick A. Hosler, U.S. Army. The Struthers High School band will perform during the service. The public is welcome.
Youngstown: Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., will host a Veterans Day assembly at 2 p.m. today in the school gymnasium. Marine Sgt. Tod Schuller, a 2005 Mooney graduate and Afghan war veteran, will speak. All veterans, Mooney alumni, parents and friends are welcome. For information, call the alumni office at 330-788-5113.
Youngstown: The United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the Mahoning County Courthouse, 120 Market St. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Braun, Navy Waves Unit 21 president, to celebrate 2013 as the year of Military Women. Veterans and the public are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Barry Landgraver of the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission at 330-740-2450, ext. 8390. Rod Hosler, commander of the United Veterans Council, also is available for information at 330-788-3270.
Youngstown: The American Legion George Washington Carver Post 504, 2225 Glenwood Ave., will host a Veterans Day program at 5 p.m. today. Youngstown City Council president Jamael Tito Brown will be guest speaker. The event will honor Fran Jeffries and Phyllis Young, past and present Post 504 Women’s Auxiliary presidents. Dinner will be served.
Youngstown: Youngstown Christian School, 4401 Southern Blvd., will host its second annual Veterans Day program from 9 to 9:30 a.m. today in the high school gymnasium. Students from grades K-12 will attend the 30 minute program to learn about the service and sacrifice of veterans. Sgt. Maj. John Williams will speak. Williams is a 1989 graduate of North Bloomfield High School in North Bloomfield and a graduate of Malone University and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. His 24 years of military service includes deployments in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Williams currently works for the Defense Contract Management Agency and lives in South Amherst, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
Youngstown: VFW Post 6488 and its Ladies Auxiliary will have a Veterans Day program featuring Jordan J. Corbett, one of just three living original members of the first all-black Army parachute unit, 555th Infantry Battalion, at 11 a.m. today at the post home, 2065 Coitsville-Hubbard Road. William Blake, director of the Office of Student Diversity Programs at Youngstown State University is the keynote speaker.
Salem: In recognition of Veterans Day, the Salem Historical Society will host a 7 p.m. program Tuesday featuring “Medal of Honor recipients of Columbiana County” in the Dale Shaffer Library meeting room, 239 S. Lundy Ave. Military history enthusiast Derek Coffee, a descendant of congressman and Civil War hero Gen. John Coffee, will display individual citations, grave-site photos, qualifications to receive the medal and information regarding the Columbiana medal recipients. Coffee has memberships with the Salem Historical Society, Winona Area Historical Society, where he serves as president, 398th Bomb Group Association and is a lifetime member of NRA. The event is open to the public. Parking is suggested in the city municipal parking lot on South Lundy Avenue. Call 330-337-8514 for information.