The Combat Infantrymen’s Association (CIA) Ohio Headquarters Company Commander Chris Callen recently announced the dedication ceremony of the official State Of Ohio CIA Monument at 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 28, at Sunbury’s Old Church Park, next to the Statue Of Liberty.
The Combat Infantryman’s Association is a national veteran’s service organization with membership comprised of those that have earned the U.S. Army’s highest award, The Combat Infantryman’s Badge, nicknamed the CIB.
The CIB is awarded to personnel in the grade of Colonel or below with an infantry military occupational specialty that has satisfactorily performed duty while assigned as a member of an infantry unit, brigade or smaller size after 6 December 1941. Commander Callen, on behalf of all Combat Infantrymen’s Association members state wide, will donate the monument to the Village of Sunbury.
All of the Ohio Headquarters CIA members as well as National CIA Commander, Jerry Jodrey, Sunbury resident and founder of The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, will also be in attendance. Sunbury VFW Post 8736 Honor Guard Captain, Tom Bottomly, and his Honor Guard will present the colors and perform a gun and taps salute at the conclusion of the ceremony.
“The significance of this official Ohio CIB monument is to promote the existence of the CIB Association and what we do, but more importantly to pay tribute to the memory of those Ohio CIB recipients still living and those that have gone before us,” Callen said. “This monument will be one of many other CIB monuments located throughout the United States.
“We wish to thank Sunbury Village Council members who worked with us for the past year to get this monument located in a home of honor,” Callen continued. “We also thank the residents of Sunbury who have graciously donated funds over the past two Memorial Days at our booth on the Square for the sole purpose of getting our monument erected.”
Callen said the general public is invited to attend the ceremony.
The purpose of the CIB Association is to bring together all members of the United States Military who have earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for camaraderie, to help veteran’s during rehabilitation, counseling and personal crisis whenever possible, and to foster fellowship with veteran’s service organizations and their local communities.