Dublin Villager

Program planned for Veterans Day observance

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For the Veterans Day observance in Dublin this year, a Canadian veteran will be speaking.

Dublin resident Capt. Craig Powell, who served with the Canadian military, will be the keynote speaker for the annual event slated for Monday, Nov. 11 at the Grounds of Remembrance behind the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N. High St.

In previous years, Powell has placed a poppy in the wreath at the Veterans Day ceremony.

Canada celebrates Poppy Day or Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 to honor members of its armed forces who died in the line of duty.

"He's been involved in our Veterans Day for the last few years," said Jeff Noble, commander of the Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800 in Dublin.

"He's a good guy and a good speaker," Noble said. "We thought it would be interesting.

"Veterans Day is Veterans Day whether or not you're an American. We fought a lot of the wars together."

The annual ceremony to honor local veterans will begin with a complimentary breakfast for veterans at La Chatelaine, 65 W. Bridge St., from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11.

After breakfast, veterans will be escorted across the street to the Grounds of Remembrance in the Dublin Veterans Park by a bagpiper, Noble said.

"When we get there, there will be music," Noble said.

"We got the National Guard Quintet to play with the Sells (Middle School) band."

The ceremony will include the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, a wreath ceremony, prayer and the lowering of the American flag to half staff.

If there is inclement weather, the Dublin Veterans Day event will be moved indoors to Sells Middle School, 150 W. Bridge St.

The American Legion Post 800 also will hold a Veterans Day celebration in Shawnee Hills at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the park near the municipal building at 40 W. Reindeer Drive.

The local American Legion Post also plans to visit Davis Middle School for a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 14, Noble said.

Other Dublin City Schools also have speakers and assemblies lined up to honor the day, said district spokesman Doug Baker.

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