Gahanna will begin its annual Veterans Day program with the tolling of a bell at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road.

Becky Kneeland, a member of the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee, said the city will participate in the World War I Centennial Commission's "Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance" national event, for which citizens and organizations across the nation are invited to toll bells in their communities 21 times at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

"We will be starting our program with the tolling of the bell," Kneeland said. "We're going to have a bell ringing at the ceremony."

The theme of the Veterans Day program is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Following the ringing of the bell, Cierra Johnson of WBNS-10TV will welcome guests.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719 and American Legion Post 797 will present the colors and conduct a 21-gun salute.

Gahanna Lincoln High School student Trinity Nhem will sing the national anthem.

An invocation and benediction will be offered by Cmdr. Guido Mangiantini, a chaplain of the Gahanna Division of Police who retired from the U.S. Navy.

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

Anthony Deloss, John J. Wintering, Cyril Hemmelgarn, Robert J. Vereb, Norman D. Sull, Walter Dorsey Jr., Walter Dorsey Sr., Jerry L. King Jr., Robert E. Kell, John E. Kane Sr., Kristopher Kane, John E. Kane II, Robert Driscoll, Nathaniel J. Fahy, Jack U. Bach, Thomas Coupland, David R. Plunkett, Glenn R. Rollins, Charles T. Myers, Mark L. Allen, John D. Jones, Alan A. Clipper, James E. White, James S. French, James C. Dover, Frank D. Korth, Roy E. Sams, Eldon McDaniel, Greg McDaniel, Wallace H. Kerr, Jerry W. Kerr and Emery R. Endicott.

Following the brick dedication, Sheila Murphy, a U.S. Army veteran and lieutenant with the Gahanna police, will place a wreath.

Cmdr. Master Chief Derek A. Strickland of the U.S. Navy will provide the principal address.

Strickland, a native of Montgomery, Texas, graduated from Montgomery High School and enlisted in the Navy in July 2003.

He's a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 208 Orange) and CMC/COB Course (Class 181).

Strickland is serving as the senior enlisted adviser of the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station.

His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and various other unit and personal citations.

He received the 2013 Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award and 2014 Admiral Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership.

Strickland is married to the former Miranda Rawlins of Panama City Beach, Florida. They have three children, Ella, Elizabeth and Dash.

"One out of every nine people that you meet on the street is a veteran," Kneeland said. "This special day, Veterans Day, is about ordinary people -- brothers and sisters and neighbors and classmates -- who sacrifice their time, talents and personal ambitions 365 days a year so we can live our lives in peace and security.

"(On that day) we remember and thank each and every one of them," she said.

After the ceremony, Ernie Massie, second vice commander of American Legion Post 797, said there would be a light lunch at the post.

mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekMarla