"Remember Them -- Generation to Generation" is the theme of the Gahanna Veterans Day observance that begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park, 73 W. Johnstown Road.

Becky Kneeland, a member of the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Committee, said men and women have been serving in the U.S. military and dying in service to their country for more than 200 years.

"All veterans deserve the opportunity to be remembered so that their service and sacrifice for our country might not fade and be forgotten with the passage of time," she said. "We should tell their stories from generation to generation, lest we forget."

Mayor Tom Kneeland, a U.S. Army veteran, will welcome attendees.

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

The Rev. TJ Wolfe, pastor of Eastside Community Church, will offer the invocation and benediction.

After the invocation, Becky Kneeland said, bricks will be dedicated during the ceremony to honor the following: Robert W. Chafin, Kevin D. Drosos, Matthew Duvall, James R. Foster, Greg H. Gatterdam, Stan Gatterdam, Dick Grootendorst, Denny G. Hanrahan, George Hanrahan, Leroy M. Hooker, Guy J. Jetter, Steven R. Johnson, Ephriam Kidd, Phillip Myers, Gary L. Peters, Skipper Peters, William S. Purgit, John T. Schick, Don L. Schneider, James E. Smith, T. A. Torr and Bobby Williams.

A wreath placement and moment of silence will follow and include parks and recreation director Jeffrey Barr, a U.S. Navy Veteran, his son, Zev Barr, and Jeffrey Barr's father, Bob Barr, illustrating generation to generation, according to Becky Kneeland.

Kevin Lang of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and will give the main address.

Lang, a Gahanna native, enlisted for active duty in the Army in 2004, and by February 2005, he had completed basic combat training, infantry advanced individual training and graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

His overseas service began in February 2007, when he was deployed to Andar, a district in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Lang and his unit, the 2nd Battalion of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, patrolled an area at the foot of the Hindu Kush Mountains for 15 months. They received the Valorous Unit Award, a recognition for units demonstrating gallantry in combat.

Tom Kneeland will conclude the service.

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