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Green honors veterans at annual ceremony

11/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — The city of Green’s Veterans Day Memorial Service was held at the Green Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11.

The service included a Presentation of the Colors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, shown above.

The event also had a raising of the flags ceremony, shown below, with U.S. Air Force 1st Reservist Doug Shepard, shown second from right. In addition, the Green Intermediate School Choir sang hymns.

World War II veteran Pete Keslar, 89, shown at right top, was the guest speaker at the service. Keslar, a U.S. Marine, was headed to Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, according to city officials. After the war, he returned home to the Akron area, worked for Acme and retired as its director of sales in 1991.

At the end of the service, city officials and others took time to thank veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service. Shown at right bottom is Green Mayor Dick Norton shaking hands with Shepard, who is standing with his daughter, Selene. Refreshments were served afterward.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Dale Dong

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