American Legion Post 218 Commander Mike Gomia, right, and Mark Singh, VFW Post 3809 Commander, salute after placing a wreath on the World War II memorial during the Veterans Day ceremony last year at Woodside Cemetery and Arboretum in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF FILE

Veterans Day events in Butler and Warren counties

Veterans Day is Friday and events are planned throughout Butler and Warren counties to honor those who served our country and to provide information on medical and financial resources for veterans.

Some events are scheduled for Thursday and some are Friday.


Central Connections and Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, Hospice Care of Middletown and Hawthorn Glen Senior Living Campus will host a complimentary breakfast buffet for military veterans starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Central Connections banquet center at 3907 Central Ave.

The breakfast event will also include patriotic music performed by Razor’s Edge Barbershop Chorus. Representatives from the Veterans Administration in Middletown will offer stories and information about Honor Flight, the program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., for free to see the nation’s veterans memorials.


The American Legion Post 218 of Middletown will conduct ceremonies Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

A memorial service in front of the Post will start at 10 a.m. and will include a 21-gun salute conducted by the Middletown Combined Honor Guard of VFW Post 3809 and American Legion Post 218.

There will also be an invocation by Post Chaplain Lonnie Lane and comments by Commander Mike Gomia.

American Legion Post 218 is located at 116 S. Main St.


Miami Regionals’ Center for Veterans Services will host a Veterans Day Celebration Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center on the Hamilton campus.

The evening will include dinner, a silent auction and a raffle. Veterans and children ages 5 and younger are admitted for free. Single tickets are $10 and a table sponsorship is $125. All proceeds from this event benefit Gold Star Families and Miami Regionals’ Student Veterans Association.

Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.


The Butler County Veterans Service Commission will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday at the Colligan Lodge, 20 New London Road in Hamilton.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available beginning at 8 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m.


Community First is hosting a resource fair and information seminar from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Theobald Hall at Berkeley Square.

The event is geared toward veterans and their surviving spouses. There will be presentations on veterans benefits available through the VA Aid and Attendance Pension as well as information about programs and resources offered through Community First.

For more information, email Square is located at 100 Berkeley Drive.

West Chester Twp.

The Caring Community Collaborative and Miami University Voice of America Learning Center will once again host a Veterans Tribute and Resource Fair on Friday.

The resource fair includes information on medical, social and financial services available for veterans. The resource fair will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The tribute to veterans, which includes lunch, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker is United States Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tom Lunney, who is also the founder of American Small Business Centers. As in past years, patriotic music will be provided by the Lakota West High School Choir.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Miami’s VOA Learning Center campus, 7847 VOA Park Drive.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to register, to ensure lunch and seating is available for all guests. Register online at, or by calling 513-939-9255.


The city of Oxford will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony uptown on Friday.

New this year is a Veterans Day reception that will begin at 10:15 a.m. at LCNB, 30 W. Park Place, where light refreshments will be provided until 11:45 a.m.

A ceremony to show support for all those who have served and those who are currently serving our country will begin at noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2 W. High St.

Hanover Twp.

Hanover Twp.’s annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the Veterans Memorial area of the Hanover Township Park, located at the intersection of Old Oxford Road and Morman Road.

The ceremony will consist of posting the colors by the Lt. Terrence C. Graves Detachment of the Marine Corps League, a musical salute and a special veterans poem read by former State Rep. Tim Derickson.

The keynote speaker will be retired U.S. Army Ranger Marc Messerschmitt. Major Messerschmitt is the recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, three meritorious Service Medals and 11 Commendation Medals.


Countryside YMCA will host a Veterans Day event starting at 12:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 1699 Deerfield Road.

“We hold this program annually to honor all our veterans, and to recognize our local heroes,” said Sheri Reid, coordinator of the Countryside YMCA Stolle Center.

The event, which averages 600 people in attendance, is a full military protocol program.

The guest speaker will be Walter D. Huber, Lt. Col. U.S. Army, Army Reserve.

The Lebanon High School ROTC will present the Colors and the Warren County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will give a 21-gun salute. In addition, there will be a moment of silence to remember all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

Compiled by staff writers Wayne Baker and Rick McCrabb

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