Throughout the county, local municipalities are honoring those who have served with a number of Veterans Day commemorations.
The 14th annual Union County Veterans Day and Voices from the Stone program will be held at the Veterans Plaza on the Union County Courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
Those in attendance will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
The ceremony will feature Ralph Virgil Webb and his son, Virgil Webb Jr. The elder was killed in action in World War II and his son was killed in action in Vietnam.
During the ceremony, at least 16 new pavers will be dedicated at the Union County Veterans Monument and Plaza. There are currently 2,145 veteran pavers installed in the plaza and 5,344 veteran records accessible at the plaza’s kiosk or online at www.ucvetmemorial.org.
The Village of Plain City will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Pastime Park Stage at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11.
Mayor Jody Carney said village officials are working with the local VFW to plan the ceremony.
The event will be held outdoors to allow for social distancing.
Lt. General Charles Stenner, a Jonathan Alder graduate, will share remarks at the event. Taps will also be played in honor of local veterans.
Carney said the program will likely last between 15 and 20 minutes.
While the program may not look the same as it typically does, council members said they feel it is important to honor those who have served.
“Anything we can do on Veterans Day is a good idea,” Council member Frank Reed said during an October meeting.
Jerome Township officials elected to cancel their public Veteran’s Day ceremony, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I hate it – I’m a veteran… but I think it’s the smart thing to do,” Director of Department Douglas Stewart said, noting that the township canceled the Memorial Day ceremony when COVID-19 infections were lower than they are now.
Although it will be closed to the public, Stewart said the township will still host a private ceremony Nov. 11 in which firefighters place a wreath at the township cemetery and lower the flag to half-mast.
He said he hopes to post the ceremony online so residents can view from home, although details are not yet available.
A virtual Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Those interested can view the ceremony online on the North Union Elementary Facebook and YouTube pages.
Veterans in Richwood are also invited to a free meal from 10 a.m. to noon at the VFW Post 870.
The Veterans Day brunch is hosted by the VFW and American Legion Post 40. Veterans do not need to be a member of either organization to attend.
No reservations are required.
Events are not currently scheduled in Milford Center or North Lewisburg, according to village officials.
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