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ONU Veteran's Association to hold wreath-laying ceremony

ONU Veteran's Association plans to host a wreath-laying ceremony on to honor Veterans on Nov. 11. ( photo/ texvet.com)

Veteran's Day is a time to honor those who have dedicated their time, effort, and often their lives towards the preservation of American freedom. This year, Veteran's day falls on Nov. 11. To commemorate those who have given up their lives, and to honor those who have served and continue to serve, the Ohio Northern Veteran's Association will be holding a Veteran's Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony that day.

Petty Officer James Lee, a Navy veteran who is Vice-President of Ohio Northern Veteran's Association, was appointed chairman of the planning committee for the event. The event was designed to not only honor the work and sacrifice of veterans, but also to raise awareness and funds for the Veteran's Association.

"We worked very hard to plan this event," Lee, who is also treasurer for Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, said. "I, along with several other committee members such as Chaplain David McDonald and Dr. Paul Hartman, spent a lot of time organizing and preparing for this event."

The ceremony, which will take place in front of the Lehr statue between the Dicke building and Hill, will feature an invocation by Rev. McDonald, a singing of the National Anthem by Mrs. Adriane Thomas-Bradshaw, and short talks by both President DiBiasio and the mayor of Ada Mr. David Retterer. In addition, Dr. Hartman will give a reflection on the importance and necessity of Veteran's Day, and memorial wreaths will be laid on the statue to honor all those who have fallen in service of country. A playing of Taps and a closing prayer will conclude the ceremony.

In preparation for the event, the Veteran's Association raised money to donate to local veteran's organizations as well as fund the ceremony itself. Over $1,100 was raised total in support of the event.

Throughout the week leading up to the ceremony, the Veteran's Association will have tables in the Mcintosh Center where students and faculty can sign cards and poster boards that will be given to local veteran's organization.

"The cards and poster boards are simply small tokens of our gratitude," Lee said. "Whether it is through a monetary donation or through simply signing a card, it is important to thank all veterans for what they have done."

The ONU Veteran's Association is a growing campus organization dedicated to not only generating support for local veterans, but also to raise awareness about the difficulties many veterans face domestically. It is open to all veterans at ONU. Faculty and staff who are military veterans are also encouraged to look into the organization. Lee encourages all veterans or those interested in supporting them to both attend the event and support the association.

"The purpose of the wreath laying ceremony is to celebrate with local and campus veterans. We want to give them the honor they deserve. We also want to recognize those who have passed on before us, either from age or from being killed in action, and also those who are currently prisoners of war or missing in action."

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. The event is open to the campus, and all are encouraged to take a small amount of time out of their day and participate.

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