“I am amazed with the names that have come forward of people who had stellar careers, living in our community that we had no idea,” he said. “The other piece of the recognition is what they have done in our community as a civilian since their military career.”
The first group of inductees included more than 20 men and women, some deceased. Some were killed during their service, while others died since.
“It is so outstanding and humbling to be reading these bios,” Bates said.
Three veterans are on the selection committee, along with Bates and Mayor Pat Moeller.
Nominations will be reviewed early in the fall, with those who are chosen, along with those who nominated them, notified in October.
For those without Internet access, nomination forms can be requested from the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Attn. Veterans Committee, 201 Dayton St., Hamilton, Ohio 45011. The phone number is 513-844-1500.