The solemn notes of a bugle playing taps will echo in the air when Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 honors members of the military on Veterans Day.

The day traditionally is observed Nov. 11 and was originally established as Armistice Day to signify the end of World War I in 1918.

The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor U.S. military veterans from all wars, according to the website military.com.

Monday, Nov. 12, has been declared a federal holiday for Veterans Day and that's when many ceremonies -- including those in Reynoldsburg -- will be held.

Reynoldsburg residents will see new United States flags flying from city poles that day, thanks to a donation from the VFW.

Public Service Director Bill Sampson said the city is sending a special thank you this year to the VFW for donating 15 new flags.

"This is the first year that the city has received donated flags and they will be displayed around the city," he said. "The flags will be displayed on Davidson Drive and Lancaster Avenue."

Sampson said those are the only streets so far that can accommodate the new flags.

John Waibel, captain of the Post 9473 Color Guard, said a bugler will play taps and the color guard will conduct a three-volley gun salute at two separate ceremonies.

The first is scheduled at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

"There will be a short speech, and then we will do a three-volley salute to honor veterans," Waibel said.

The second ceremony is scheduled to start at noon in front of VFW Post 9473, 1420 S. Waggoner Road.

"Our big thing on Veterans Day is also to focus on veterans who are alive, so we plan on visiting some veterans at a rest home earlier that morning," Waibel said.

The local color guard was formed in 1990, Waibel said.

For more than 10 years, it acted as the VFW State Color Guard and participated in national competitions, he said.

Now the 20 active members participate in two funeral ceremonies a week, in addition to ceremonies for Memorial Day, the annual MIA/POW vigil in September and Veterans Day, along with presentations about flag history and presenting flags at events.

"We have veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard," Waibel said. "Our members have been involved in virtually every conflict from Korea to Enduring Freedom, to include Vietnam, Panama, Grenada, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Gulf War 1 and 2, and numerous operations in the Middle East, Far East and Europe," he said.

"What unites us as a group is our sentiment that veterans deserve recognition for their sacrifices."

Waibel said membership in the color guard is dwindling because of members' health and ages, so they are constantly seeking new recruits.

"My big thing on Veterans Day is that you want to honor the people around you who got you there," Waibel said. "On Memorial Day, we honor the veterans who are no longer with us. Without people joining the military and serving, we wouldn't have a country, at least not one run by the democratic process. It takes a commitment from the youth of our nation to ensure that people can live free in America."

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