Rocky Fork Enterprise

Local schools, city to honor veterans


Gahanna residents will have several opportunities to pay tribute to veterans, beginning with a program at the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Lincoln High School at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools community-services coordinator Dale Foor said the district invites family members of the fallen every year, as well as other veterans.

"Student council does a very moving laying-of-the-wreath ceremony," he said.

The program will include guest speaker Lt. Col. Alexander Alston III, who works as deputy counter-drug coordinator for the Joint Force Headquarters of the Ohio Air National Guard.

The Gahanna resident has received numerous commendations, including a Meritorious Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Ohio Award of Merit, among others.

The annual service is estimated to last about 45 minutes.

Gahanna's memorial committee will present its program beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road.

Bob Fickle, memorial committee member, said the theme will be "Honoring Military Women -- Past and Present" because this marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of women's military service branches.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome by Jeff Hogan, WBNS-10TV anchor.

A presentation of colors and 21-gun aalute will be provided by VFW Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797.

The main address will be given by Capt. Kristina Gaskins, an 11-year member of the Ohio Army National Guard.

Other participants will include Dwight Hedrick, providing the invocation and benediction; taps, by Kyle Granville and Tristan Conover, both of Capital University; and Amazing Grace, by Nicholas Bosca.

Memorial bricks will be dedicated during the service.