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Dublin to honor veterans Nov. 12

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin will honor veterans Nov. 12 at the Grounds of Remembrance Veterans Park.

Festivities for veterans organized by Dublin, the Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10691 will begin on Veterans Day with a complimentary breakfast at La Chatelaine, 65 W. Bridge St from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Veterans can register for the breakfast online at DublinOhio USA.gov/ veterans.

"Then we'll move to the Grounds of Remembrance," said Jeff Noble, commander of American Legion Post 800.

"Kids from Sells Middle School will be there again this year and they'll have their band," Noble said.

The ceremony at the Grounds of Remembrance Veterans Park behind the Dublin branch library, 75 N. High St., will begin at 11 a.m.

Sells students will be involved in the ceremony beyond music this year.

"The kids will move the wreath this year (to the POW-MIA/KIA memorial)," Noble said, adding that a Dublin veteran of Canadian military will put a poppy in the wreath.

Mayor Tim Lecklider and Noble are expected to speak, in addition to keynote speakers Pete and Patty Borland. Pete Borland is a veteran of the Navy and Patty Borland is an active Petty Officer 1st Class.

"Their topic is family sacrifice in the military," Noble said. "They moved to Dublin and 10 days later Patty went to Kuwait, so they know a little bit about the subject."

The Borlands are neighbors of Noble, but it was an educational opportunity that prompted Noble to ask them to speak at Dublin's Veteran's Day ceremony.

"Pete and I go over to Coffman (High School) Friday and they have a deal for Veteran's Day," Noble said.

"They let social studies students talk to veterans each period," he said. "Pete and I did it last year. Surprisingly, they invited us back this year."

Veterans can speak with Sells Middle School students in groups after the ceremony, but Noble said it depends upon the weather and how long the ceremony lasts.

Shawnee Hills program Nov. 10

Shawnee Hills will hold a Veteran's Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the village Veteran's Memorial by 40 W. Reindeer Drive.

Shawnee Hills Mayor Pat Monahan said the event is personalized for veterans who have a brick in the memorial and a different group is chosen each year.

Vietnam veterans will be the focus this year and information about them will be read at the event.

"We only have 700 people and with 700 people you can deal with Pat Monahan as a veteran ... and we can really personalize it," he said.

"I like the village because you can do things like this."

The Nov. 10 ceremony will include the playing of Taps and the Star Spangled Banner by OSU Alumni Band member David Lipp, the Honor Guard from the Dublin American Legion Post 800 and the Franklin County Pipes and Drums unit.

Boy Scout Troop 156 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony after the 11 a.m. event at the Shawnee Hills Civic Association, 36 W. Mohawk Drive.

The event usually draws about 130 people, Monahan said, and Boy Scouts and students are encouraged to attend.

"What I really like is when we can get kids and people to understand and respect veterans," Monahan said.

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