Delaware Countians will once again pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the various branches of the United States military.
A host of Veterans Day activities are planned throughout the county this weekend, including one that has become a tradition at Delaware Bible Church.
Rev. Scott Tiede said the church has been organizing a veterans recognition ceremony for about five years, inviting area veterans and military personnel and their families to attend. This year’s service is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church.
Tiede said one of the highlights of the annual service is when the anthem for each branch of the military is played and veterans are asked to go to the stage to be recognized.
“By the time we get through all of those songs, our stage is just bursting, it’s just full of people,” Tiede said. “Both those who have served and those who have a loved one who is serving or who has fallen in the line of duty. It’s just a really moving time.”
Tiede said a display of military memorabilia will be set up in the foyer by Bob Groce. Mary Leavitt, “The Flag Lady,” will make a presentation. Representatives of Honor Flight are also scheduled to be part of the service.
“It’s just our small way of trying to bless those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces,” Tiede said. “It’s a ‘thank you’ from us to our military community.”
Area veterans are invited to the service, Tiede said. Delaware Bible Church is located at 45 Belle Ave., Delaware. For information, visit www.delawarebible.org.
Powell’s Veterans Day observance
The City of Powell Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.
Craig Carmichael, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served during World War II, will be the keynote speaker. Village Academy students will perform several musical selections. Police Chief Gary Vest will recognize the recent donation of commemorative bricks that have been placed at the memorial.
A luncheon will be held following the ceremony in the Powell Municipal Building East Room for all veterans and military personnel and their family members and friends. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside to the Municipal Building Council Chambers.
Veterans Day Parade on Saturday
The Delaware Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, stepping off from the Ohio Wesleyan University campus and ending at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Organizers said the parade will feature four grand marshals, including two World War II veterans. This year’s grand marshals are William Adams, Bob Burr, Lynn Ramey, and Kenny Shears.
Six bands are scheduled to march in the parade: 338th Army Band, Hayes High School Marching Band, Buckeye Valley High School Marching Band, Bagpipers, Ohio Heartland, and Buckeye Valley Alumni Band.
M.A.S.H. Pantry will conduct a food drive to collect non-perishable food items. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Day breakfast at Eagles
The ninth annual Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Eagles Aerie 376, 127 E. William St., Delaware. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
The program features Richard Doritty of the U.S. Air Force, who will speak on the topic “I am a Nobody.”
Tickets are free to any veterans and active duty personnel plus one guest. Tickets cost $5 each for all others planning to attend. Seating is limited. Everyone must have a ticket to eat breakfast.
Tickets may be obtained from the Veterans Services Office, 149 N. Sandusky St. (parking in rear). For information, call 740-833-2010.
4-H club to honor veterans
The Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club will honor veterans of Korea and Vietnam who are buried in Sunbury Memorial Park during a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
American Legion Post 457 and Big Walnut Area Historical Society will also participate in the event. The club invites area veterans to a supper in Sunbury Town Hall following the ceremony.
Contact Andrew Carter at 740-413-0900. Follow him on Twitter @DelOhioEditor.