Numerous organizations and groups throughout the area are celebrating Veteran’s Day in November.
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Franklin High School plans Veterans Day Assembly
Franklin High School (FHS) will hold its annual Veterans Day assembly at 9 a.m. Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at 750 E. 4th St.
All area veterans and their families are invited and encouraged to attend the event, which will be in the auditorium. The morning will include vocal and instrumental music, readings, and recognition of those who have served. The keynote speaker is Franklin Twp. Trustee Matthew M. Jennings, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, FHS Class of ‘03.
Community members who plan to attend should arrive before 8:45 a.m. for advanced seating. A brief reception will be held in the high school media center for veterans and their families following the ceremony. For more information, call 937-743-8611, ext. 1256.
Annual veterans tribute scheduled
The Caring Community Collaborative (C3) and Miami University Voice of America Learning Center will hold their annual Veterans Tribute on Nov. 8.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Twp. The tribute will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration and a resource fair. The program will begin at 11 a.m.
A special focus of the program this year will be a small group of local veterans telling their stories of their service. Music will be provided by the Lakota West High School Choir.
The event is open to all, especially veterans and their family members. Lunch will be provided.
Anyone planning to attend is asked to register, to ensure lunch and seating is available for all guests. Register online at www.caringcommunitycollaborative.com or by phone at 513-939-9255.
Hamilton Veterans Hall of Fame
This November, more than 15 local veterans will be inducted into the Hamilton Veterans Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will include figures such as the late Vaden Fitton, Ralph Carruthers, and Micky Colligan.
An event honoring these veterans and many others is planned for Nov. 10 at the Fitton Center Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. This event will feature keynote speaker General Rick Lynch, a three-star general who is now retired from the U.S. Army. General Lynch, a Hamilton native, has 27 years of service in the Army and oversaw the surge in Iraq in 2007. He has partnered with the Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton City Council, Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and the Durwin-Schantz American Legion Post 138 in Hamilton in founding Hamilton’s Veterans Hall of Fame. The plaque recognizing Veterans inducted into the Hall of Fame will be placed in the first floor of city hall, 345 High St.
The purpose of the Hamilton Veterans Hall of Fame is to honor the individuals who continued to serve their communities after their military service ended. Nominations for the Hall of Fame will be accepted year round, and an annual event honoring new inductees will take place in the fall.
The Hamilton Veterans Hall of Fame dedication ceremony is free to attend, but registration is required. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Fitton Center. For more information, go to www.hamilton-ohio.com.
Post to hold memorial celebration and luncheon
American Legion Post 218 will hold their annual Veterans Day memorial celebration and luncheon on Nov. 11.
The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. on the Legion Post front lawn at 116 S. Main St., Middletown, followed by a memorial at Woodside Cemetery at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be held at noon at the post. The ceremony is open to the public.
The Master of Ceremony will be the Honorable James E. Sherron, along with the guest speaker the Honorable Michael Oster, Butler County Common Pleas.
There is no cost for the dinner, however donation at the door will be appreciated.
RSVP by Oct. 28 at 513-422-5424. STAFF REPORT
Commission to hold Veteran’s Day Program
The Butler County Veterans Service Commission will hold a Veteran’s Day Program Nov. 11 at Colligan Lodge, 20 New London Road. Coffee and donuts will be available at 8 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The commission will recognize the Butler County Veteran of the Year, Bob Perry. Guest speaker is Judge Noah Powers.
For more information, call 513-887-3601.
WCCC Veterans’ Day Breakfast planned
All area veterans are invited to a Veterans Day Breakfast and program at 8 a.m. Nov. 11 at Warren County Career Center, 3525 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. Breakfast will be prepared by WCCC Culinary students. Learning Lab Preschoolers will sing patriotic songs. Digital Design students produced and will present an inspiring video, and Graphic Arts students are designing special posters for the event. Criminal Justice students will greet and assist with parking.
For reservations or more information, contact Peg Gold at 513-932-5677, ext. 5204, or email WCCCInfo@mywccc.org.
Regionals to celebrate Veteran’s Day
Miami University Regionals will be honoring active military personnel and veterans during its third annual Heroes Week. Events are planned to remember and celebrate the heroism of the nation’s brave men and women.
Nov. 11, Push-ups for Veteran Suicide Awareness, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hawk Haven, Middletown campus. An average of 20 veterans commits suicide every day. Show veterans that you have their six in this awareness exercise. Free event, no RSVP.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. in Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton campus. The evening will include a free dinner, a silent auction, and a raffle. All proceeds directly benefit the Center for Veterans Services at Miami Regionals Hamilton and Middletown campuses. RSVP at MiamiOH.edu/Regionals/RSVP/Veterans.
Nov. 12, Green Zone Training, 1 to 2 p.m. in 202 Mosler Hall, Dean’s Conference Room, Hamilton campus and Nov. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Johnston Hall, Room 116D, Middletown campus. Green Zone Training aims to provide a safe space for student veterans and active service members. Led by J.P. Smith First Sergeant (retired), USA; Regional Coordinator for Veterans Services. Free event, no RSVP.
Nov. 14, Chili Contest, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mosler Hall, Room 108, Hamilton campus. Come to vote on your favorite chili and tour the Veterans Center. Free event, no RSVP.
Nov. 15, Student Veteran Panel, 11 a.m. in Mosler Hall, Harriet Taylor room, Hamilton campus. Hear Miami Regionals student veterans stories and find out what it is like to be a student veteran. Free event, no RSVP.
Also, keep an eye out for week-long events, including a scavenger hunt for veggterans on the Middletown and Hamilton campuses, a deployment map on display in Schwarm Commons on the Hamilton campus, and military flags displayed in Johnston Hall on the Middletown campus.
For more information on these events, call J.P. Smith at 513-785-7783. Miami University Regionals’ Hamilton campus is located at 1601 University Blvd. The Middletown campus is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.
YMCA to hold Veterans Day event
On Monday, Nov. 11, Countryside YMCA will give back to veterans by honoring all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces at the Veteran’s Day event.
This event is free and open to the community. The YMCA especially welcome veterans, their spouses, and their children. The program, held at the Y’s Lebanon location, will begin at noon followed by lunch at 1 p.m.
The guest speaker is Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Randy Fannin, an ordained Christian minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance. Before retiring from TriHealth/Bethesda Hospitals at the end of 2015, he served as a hospital chaplain for 25 years, the last two years of which he had administrative oversight of the Volunteer Resources Department at Bethesda North Hospital. He currently serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Lebanon Presbyterian Church.
Guitar player and singer Harley Maynard will perform. The Little Miami High School JROTC will present the Colors and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard, Pipe and Drum Corps will give a 21-gun salute. The U.S. Army 122nd band will provide music.
Following the event is a free lunch of of pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade desserts.
Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Julie Fennessey at 513-932-1424 ext. 148 or go to www.countrysideymca.org.
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