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Area Veterans Day events honor those who served

11/8/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

GREATER AKRON — Veterans Day is Nov. 11, a Sunday, but the federal holiday honoring our nation’s veterans will be marked the following day.

Events are planned in the area on days leading up to the national holiday, for which government offices and banks will be closed. Also, all Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will be closed. Schools will be in session, however, with many planning special assemblies.

Here’s a rundown of local activities taking place in the South Side News Leader’s coverage area.


• The Akron Zoo will offer free admission to veterans and members of the military who show their military identification Nov. 11-17. The zoo is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located at 500 Edgewood Ave. For more information, go to www.akron zoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

• Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is offering free admission to all veterans and military personnel who present their military identification and who visit on Nov. 11. The estate is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the 65-room Manor House, the Gate Lodge and Corbin Conservatory, as well as access to the landscaped gardens and grounds. Accompanying family members pay regular prices. Stan Hywet is located at 714 N. Portage Path. For more information, go to www.stanhywet.org or call 330-836-5533.

• The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, is closed most Mondays but will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. For details, go to summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.


Hospice of Medina County is planning a pinning ceremony Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Barberton Senior Center, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., to publicly acknowledge the service and sacrifices made by veterans.


North Coast WAVES Unit 21 will host a Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the 356th Fighter Group, 4919 Mt. Pleasant Road in Green. The event will feature a tribute to a symbol of military units, where the women veterans of the North Coast WAVES Unit 21 will be honored for their military service. At the conclusion of the ceremony, local singing group Ocho-Sync-O will entertain attendees. Any female veteran is encouraged to come out and meet with other women veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during conflicts from World War II to present. The cost is $15. To make a reservation, contact Unit Vice President Marlana Robertshaw at 330-788-5005.


Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) will provide a free train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) for all current military members, veterans and their families Nov. 12. The train will depart from the Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, at 1:30 p.m. for a three-hour excursion to Akron Northside Station and back. Tickets will be available at the Rockside Station 45 minutes prior to departure and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance tickets are available. World War II veterans will be seated in the premium section as special recognition. Wheelchair access is available, though limited. While on the ride, passengers will be able to enjoy the Voices of the Valley audio tour, which describes the cultural and natural history of CVNP. For more information, go to www.CVSR.com or call 800-468-4070.


The U.S. Army/Navy Post No. 273 in Lakemore Village will host a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. at the Triangle. A firing squad consisting of post members will take part in the ceremony.


Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, 13275 Cleveland Ave., will observe Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 10:45 a.m. with a worship service led entirely by church veterans. The general public is welcome to participate in the service, which will include singing of patriotic hymns, a special veterans message, a veterans chorus performing “Eternal Father Strong to Save” and recognition of all who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For more details, call 330-699-3255.

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