A variety of salutes planned for Veterans Day

November 8, 2018

A variety of salutes planned for Veterans Day

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Several area events are being held in honor of Veterans Day, November 11, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and a time to salute all veterans.

· The city of Cleveland’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held in the Rotunda of City Hall at 11 a.m. on November 9, followed by the parade which will step off at 12:30 p.m.

The ceremony will feature presentation of several recognition awards.

Army veteran Taras Terry Zacharyj, current state commander for the Department of Ohio Polish Legion of American Veterans and a regular volunteer at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, is the Veteran Honoree.

Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Charles Patton Jr., who oversees the court’s Veterans Treatment Docket, is the Citizen Honoree.

Allen Bray Jr., an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and will graduate from Cuyahoga Community College in December, is the Student Veteran of the Year.

Guest speaker is Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia.

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on November 9 at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Garden and Galleria, on the western campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Parma. (Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Community College)  Jason Miller

· Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, in Parma, will offer a Veterans Day observance on November 9 at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the outdoor Veterans Memorial Garden and Galleria.

The program will include a presentation by James Banks, director of the Crile Archive Center for History Education on campus. Banks will speak on “World War I, George Crile and the Founding of the Cleveland Clinic.”

The archives contain materials about Crile, a Cleveland surgeon who led a Northeast Ohio medical team that treated wounded soldiers in France during World War I. He later helped found the Cleveland Clinic.

Tours of the archives and the college’s Crile Veterans Center will follow the ceremony.

Free parking is available.

Events on Saturday, November 10, include:

* The Kirtland Visitors’ Center will host a musical tribute to veterans at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road. The event is open to the public. * American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host a veterans dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call the post at (440) 428-7893. * A breakfast and ceremony will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road. The pancake breakfast and recognition event is free for veterans. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the senior center at (440) 974-5725. A ceremony will follow.

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Public Square on November 11.  Tom Feran, The Plain Dealer

· The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Public Square will hold its Veterans Day observance on November 11.

Plans call for guests to gather on Public Square at 11 a.m. to observe a moment of silence at the exact moment the World War I armistice took effect.

Participants will be asked to face east at the first stroke of the chimes from Old Stone Church, and remain silent until the final stroke of the hour. Upon that stroke, taps will be played and all veterans will render a salute until the final note. People are then invited to attend a Veterans Day observance inside the monument at 11:15 a.m.

The primary speaker will be Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael E. Jackson, a Vietnam veteran. The Cleveland Grays will serve as Color Guard.

The McGaffin Carillon bells in the tower of the Church of the Covenant in University Circle will be played for a variety of Veterans Day programs. (The Plain Dealer file photo)  Thomas Ondrey Thomas Ondrey

The bells that rang out at the end of World War I, 100 years ago, will be represented in special Veterans Day programs at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Avenue, in University Circle.

A feature of those programs will be performances on the McGaffin Carillon bells, located in. the 140-foot-tall church tower.

· On November 9, the church and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) music department will present a concert, “Consolation,” at 8 p.m., commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice and the 50th anniversary of the McGaffin Carillon.

A new work by composer David N. Childs, commissioned for the occasion, will be premiered. Performing ensembles include Case Concert Choir, Church of the Covenant Chancel Choir, and the Consolation Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are available at the door and online at music.case.edu/events. Cost is $10 general admission, $5 for adults 60 and over and CWRU staff/faculty, free for students with ID. Free parking is available

· On November 11, the church’s Memorial Bell will toll 100 times at 11 a.m., as part of a worldwide bell-ringing at the moment that an armistice ended World War I a century ago.

Afternoon programs sponsored by the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle start at 3:30 p.m. George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur, will play in a carillon recital featuring selections including “Memorial Chimes,” “Fantasie in D” and “A Sacred Suite.”

At 4 p.m. a program of music, poetry and readings from letters and diaries written by participants in the war, offered by students and faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and Case Western Reserve University, will be featured in the church sanctuary.

One of the readings will include observations made by a French captain on the occasion of peace, 100 years ago.

He noted, “The bells are ringing. Nearly every soldier has tears in his eyes, choked with emotion. The bells of Victory! We are set free by their ringing. They make our hearts swell.”

The program will be followed by a reception in the church. Events are free and open to the public.

Mike Sekletar works on the last of four murals honoring veterans that he has painted on the side of a building in downtown Amherst. A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the site at 11 a.m. (Photo courtesy of John Sekletar)  John Sekletar

· A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on November 11 at the four veteran-related murals painted by Mike Sekletar on the side of a building in downtown Amherst, at 248 Park Avenue.

The four murals represent World War II, the war in Vietnam, the Korean War and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event includes participation by American Legion Post 188 and VFW Post 1662. A luncheon will follow the ceremony at the VFW Post, 165 Cleveland Street.

The Iraq/Afghanistan mural features depictions of 10 Lorain Country veterans killed in that conflict, and two new images are being added this year.

Other events on Veterans Day, November 11, include:

* Avon Lake: TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Oberlin’s Choral Spectrum will present a concert honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at 3 p.m. The concert will be at Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students.

* Chardon: Lt. Col. Allen West, U.S. Army retired, will speak at a ceremony in Chardon at 11 a.m. at the Geauga County Courthouse on Chardon Square.

* In Parkman Township, Eric Patterson, a piper with the Geauga Highlanders Pipes & Drums, will be at Overlook Cemetery, 18145 Tavern Road, at 6 a.m. to play a bagpipe solo in memory of the many who served and the sacrifices they made during World War I. Patterson retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service.

* Euclid’s Veterans Day ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 585 E. 222nd Street. The public is invited to join the city and the Euclid Joint Veterans Council as they gather to recognize and honor those who served.

Kent State University will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 8 at 11 a.m. on the Student Green at Risman Plaza.  (Photo courtesy of Kent State University)

· Kent State University, 800 East Summit Street, in Kent, will hold its Veterans Day observance on November 8 at 11 a.m.

The program, “Honoring All Who Serve,” will be preceded with a 10: 30 a.m. flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from the university’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs on the Student Green at Risman Plaza.

The program features remarks from Kent State President Beverly J. Warren and guest speaker Capt. Russell Galeti Jr., a 2005 KSU graduate served more than 20 years in the Ohio Army National Guard. He currently is the civil-military partnerships officer in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

The program is open to the public.

· The Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, will present an “Armistice Day Centennial Celebration” on November 11 at 11 a.m.

Chief curator Eric Rivet will talk about the role of Cleveland and the United States in World War I, the last day of the war, and a general overview of the conflict.

The program is free with museum admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, free for Western Reserve Historical Society members.

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