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Veterans Day events being celebrated throughout area

11/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

GREATER AKRON — Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but events will be held throughout the weekend to honor those who have served their country.

The federal holiday means that banks and post offices will be closed. Also, all Akron-Summit County Public Library locations will be closed for the day. In addition, some local governments will not hold their Monday meetings because of the holiday.

Here are some of the events taking place locally over the next few days to recognize veterans:

Downtown Akron

  • The Akron Symphony Orchestra will present “A Salute to Those Who Serve” Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. at The University of Akron (UA). Alvy Powell, of the U.S. Army Chorus, will join the symphony and its chorus for a mix of patriotic music honoring those who serve. Leon Bibb will narrate. Tickets are $25 to $55, with a 25 percent discount available for veterans. Call 330-535-8131 or 330-972-7570 for tickets.

The University of Akron

UA is hosting several events, including:

  • The film “Home of the Brave” will be screened tomorrow, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in Bierce Library Learning Studio 154 in a University Libraries event.
  • The UA Army ROTC will guard over an eternal flame for a 24-hour period in memory of and in honor of veterans at the Buchtel Hall flagpole (at the corner of Buchtel Avenue and Fir Hill) from Nov. 10 at noon to Nov. 11 at noon.
  • On Nov. 11, a Veterans Day continental breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. at the Student Union Ballroom, followed by an indoor ceremony at 9 a.m. with Terry Gould, a UA graduate who wrote “How Can You Mend This Purple Heart,” a fictionalized account of his own experiences in a military hospital. Jim Tressel, UA’s vice president of student success, will speak at 10 a.m. The service will move outside at 10:45 a.m. for a 21-gun salute at the Buchtel Hall flagpole. Gould will speak again Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall.
  • Also Nov. 11, The Honoring Those Who Serve Celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of InfoCision Stadium in the Musson Veterans Lounge. A Veterans Resource Fair will take place at the same time on the fifth floor.

All UA events are free and open to the public. For more details, call 330-972-7382.

West Akron

  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is offering free admission to all veterans and active military personnel who present their military identification Nov. 10. The estate is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the 65-room Manor House, as well as access to the landscaped gardens and grounds. Accompanying family members must 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. 11 for Veterans Day. For details, go to summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.


A dedication ceremony will take place Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in Copley Cemetery on Copley Road just west of Copley Circle to honor nine War of 1812 veterans with headstones for their unmarked graves in Montrose Cemetery (Rial Moore) and in Copley Cemetery (John Beatty, William Conrad, Malcom Dunn, William Payne, Jonah Turner, Hezron Thompson, John Westphall/Westfall and Griffin David). The William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 applied for and received a grant from Summit County to purchase 60 headstones for the unmarked graves of War of 1812 veterans in Summit County. In 2012, to honor the bicentennial of the war, the Wetmore Chapter found, photographed and researched the 365 veterans buried in Summit County. The chapter acquired flag holders from the Summit County Veterans Service Commission for each grave. Photos of all graves, along with information on the veterans, are included in the Ohio Society Daughters of 1812 Veterans Grave Index at www.ohiodaughters1812.org/ohio1812/graveindex/.

Cuyahoga Falls

Summa Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St., will honor members of the community and hospital staff who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during Veterans Day events that are open to the public Nov. 11. The commemoration will begin at sunrise with a 7 a.m. flag raising on the hospital grounds and continue at noon in the Auditorium. The noon program will begin with a call to order, presentation of the colors and posting of the colors by Cuyahoga Falls American Legion Post No. 281, followed by the singing of the national anthem by nurse Rhonda Brode. During the event, hospital President and CEO Dr. Robert Kent will recognize veteran employees, physicians, community members and patients. Maj. Brian Reali, law director for the city of Stow and a graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate’s Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, will deliver the keynote address.


North Coast WAVES Unit 21 will host its Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the 356th Fighter Group restaurant. The period from April 2013 to April 2014 is being recognized as the Year of Military Women, which honors women in all U.S. military branches: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. As part of this acknowledgement, North Coast WAVES will feature a showing of the film “The Invisible War” and host a discussion following the film. All female veterans are welcome to attend. The cost is $15. Call Unit Vice President Marlana Robertshaw at 330-788-5005 to reserve a seat.


Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) will provide a free train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) for all current and retired military members, veterans and up to three guests Nov. 11. 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 on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, go to www.CVSR.com or call 800-468-4070.

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