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Community learns valuable skills at Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony

The Color Guard of the Ream-McElroy VFW Post 9381 in Ada posted the colors at the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony. (Northern Review photo/Kasy Long)

The Color Guard of the Ream-McElroy VFW Post 9381 in Ada posted the colors at the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony. (Northern Review photo/Kasy Long)

Trust. Courage. Commitment.

These are only a small portion of words commonly associated with veterans of the United States military. Each member of the military devotes time and energy to serving the nation, protecting its citizens from harm.

Ohio Northern University honored local veterans with a wreath-laying ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11. Senior nursing student and president of the Ohio Northern Veterans Organization Tyler Turner introduced the color guard of the Ream-McElroy VFW Post 9381 in Ada, who posted colors during the ceremony.

President Dan DiBiasio and Ada mayor David Retterer also spoke to the Ada community about the importance of remembering and thanking veterans. Not only does this practice display respect for veterans, but it also contributes to the strengthening pride within communities. 

Serving as the featured speaker, Colonel David D. Kretz, Commander of the 88th Mission Support Group and the 88th Air Base Wing at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, reflected on his favorite part of his military uniform. Like many veterans, he loves his name badge. 

This is my name badge. This says, I am an American soldier. When you leave a community to serve, you take everything about your community with you. And, when you come home from service, you forever have the pride of being a soldier,” Kretz said during his speech.

The veteran continued to explain the value of community development, especially in a small town like Ada. There remains a sense of responsibility for these community members to fulfill a promise for future generations.

124 flags in honor or memory of community loved ones were placed around the Henry Solomon Lehr Statue on Veterans Day. Kretz instructed individuals to gather a sense of community pride in order to continue the village's strong traditions.

Be the person to carry on the generation,” he said.

DiBiasio and Retterer presented the Veterans Day wreaths, in which they placed the wreaths beside the Lehr Statue.  

Participants rose from their chairs as senior computer science major Joseph Runser and junior music education major Laura Ayers played Taps.

Senior professional writing major Jennifer Evans enjoyed how personal the ceremony was—right up to the performance of Taps.

“The speakers were part of the community and sounded sincere. They acknowledged both veterans who were there, who weren’t there in person, and those who died,” Evans said.