Gahanna residents are invited to "Stand and Salute Our Veterans."

That is the theme of a Veterans Day service that begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Gahanna Veterans Memorial, 73 W. Johnstown Road.

"On Veterans Day, people throughout the country will gather together to honor and give thanks to those who have served and are currently serving our country," said Becky Kneeland, a member of the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee.

"Our gathering at the Gahanna Veterans Memorial is just one small spark in the flame of pride and patriotism that burns across our nation," she said. "It's not a lot, but it's one small way we can acknowledge, stand and salute all of the brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers who sacrificed so that we can live in freedom."

The guest speaker will be veteran Jeremy Pape, a Gahanna resident and broker/owner of CRT Realtors in Gahanna.

He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a C-130 pilot before and during his real estate career.

He graduated from C-130 Tactical Airlift School, U.S. Air Force Pilot Training, U.S. Air Force Officer Training and U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training.

Other participants include Gahanna Police Department chief Dennis Murphy, also a retired U.S. Army Special Forces captain, who will provide a welcome and conclusion.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797 will present the colors and conduct a rifle volley.

Members of Webelos 1, Cub Scout Pack 775 of Blacklick Elementary School will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Sydney Cannon will sing the national anthem and Capt. Tom Whiteman, chaplain, 121st Air Refueling Wing, will provide the invocation and the benediction.

A wreath will be placed by Bobby Neal, a U.S. Army veteran.

Taps will be played by Bill Dilts, American Legion Post 797, and David Hopper of the Capital City Pipes and Drums will play the bagpipes.

Bricks will be dedicated during the ceremony to honor the following:

Keith Adams, Robert Lee Alexander II, Georgia Amison, Marie Barry, Ronald L. Blain, Connie Blake, Deborah Blevins, Judith Brown, Robert E. Burris, Kyle R. Ciak, Arnold L. Coonrod, Charles R. Culp, Lawrence Dodley, Dorothy Gardner, Eric P. Hahn, Richard E. Harter, John R. Hensel, Faye Johnson, Kelly Jones, William Kazee, William H. Kazee, William Kazee Jr., Ted W. Keller, Rosalie Marvin, Barbara Murray, Chuck Murray, David C. O'Brien, Carolyn Phillips, Jim Schnell, Joel Shaw, Everett Stevens, Thomas Von Hoene and Don Larry Walden.

In addition to Saturday's ceremony, Ernie Massie, second vice commander of American Legion Post 797, said the post will participate in activities 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Gahanna Middle School South; 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Gahanna Lincoln High School; and 12:30 p.m. Friday at High Point Elementary School.

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