City of Powell officials expect dozens will gather to pay tribute to the community's veterans later this week.

The city will conduct its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial in Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said dozens of community members have attended the ceremony annually in the past few years. She said she expects that trend to continue this week.

"It's been pretty consistent," she said. "We're always happy to see how many people come out to support our veterans."

Mayor Brian Lorenz and the Rev. Aaron Taylor of Living Hope Church will offer opening remarks before a keynote speech by Craig Carmichael, a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. Students from Village Academy's bands and choirs will provide music during the ceremony.

Canavan said while the city has provided refreshments for veterans and their families in the past, the luncheon will be enhanced this year thanks to a new partnership. Chipotle and the Columbus chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will provide lunch for attendees at the Municipal Building after the ceremony.

The city during the ceremony also will dedicate memorial bricks recently purchased by residents to honor loved ones who have served.

Residents can learn more about the memorial and find an order form for memorial bricks at cityofpowell.us/ about/greater-powell-veterans-memorial. The bricks are dedicated semiannually at the city's Memorial Day and Veterans Day events.

Canavan said residents should purchase bricks at least six weeks in advance of the ceremony at which they wish to see them dedicated.

The city has dedicated 360 bricks at the memorial since its construction in 2004.

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