As the nation honors its veterans this month, the city of Groveport is encouraging residents to stop by Town Hall and write a "letter of gratitude" to a local veteran or first responder.

Correction: The Nov. 8 print version of this story included an incorrect address for Veterans Park in Groveport. The correct address is 421 Main St.

As the nation honors its veterans this month, the city of Groveport is encouraging residents to stop by Town Hall and write a "letter of gratitude" to a local veteran or first responder.

The letter-writing campaign is just one of several events in the area to mark Veterans Day.

Between now and Nov. 30, letters can be written during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, at Town Hall, 648 Main St.

The city will mail letters to a provided address or drop them off at Madison Township fire stations or the Groveport police station.

"We want to spread the kindness to veterans and first responders during the whole month of November," said Kristin Figliola, who organized the campaign in the city's Community Affairs Department. "We're providing the paper and writing utensils. I'm super excited the (Groveport) elementary school is getting involved, too."

Groveport's Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Park, 421 Main St. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Road.

Canal Winchester's Veterans Day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., where Canal Winchester Senior Citizens Inc. will provide a free pancake breakfast for veterans and their families.

A veterans march begins at 10 a.m. at the community center and continues on East Waterloo Street to South High Street before ending at Stradley Place, next to the municipal building at 36 S. High St., where a ceremony will be held.

U.S. Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Edward Taylor III will deliver the keynote address.

The Canal Winchester High School marching band and vocal ensemble will play and sing patriotic music. Councilman Mike Walker will perform the national anthem.

The Canal Winchester ceremony will include a rifle volley and the playing of taps.

"We need to honor our veterans for what they have done to secure the country and, of course, we have the present veterans and the future veterans, who need to know the country is behind them 100 percent," said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523 Commander Rick Williams, who will provide remarks during the ceremony.

Veterans Day, an official public holiday observed annually Nov. 11, was first known as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

On Nov. 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation on the first Armistice Day.

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations," he said.

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