Area communities honoring veterans
SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Veterans Day is tomorrow, Nov. 11, and activities remembering those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces will take place Nov. 11 and throughout the coming weekend.
The following is a list of events taking place in the West Side Leader coverage and surrounding areas.
• The University of Akron (UA) will observe Veterans Day Nov. 11 with the following events:
√ 8:30 a.m., Martin University Center (105 Fir Hill): U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (D-District 13) and Provost Mike Sherman will speak. A continental breakfast will be served.
√ 10 a.m., Buchtel Common flagpole (near the intersection of Buchtel Avenue and Fir Hill, near the Delta Gamma house): wreath laying, 21-gun salute and an address by retired U.S. Army Col. Salvatore Felice; and
√ through 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11, UA’s Army Reserve Officers Training Corps 42nd Ohio Volunteer Battalion cadets will conclude a 24-hour honor guard at the flagpole.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-972-7454.
• In honor of Veterans Day, the Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) will host its annual Adopt-a-Flag and Dine With a Veteran event for community youths Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the VSC headquarters, 1060 E. Waterloo Road. The program, aimed at home school and charter school students, teaches the history and importance of the military and the importance of caring for the U.S. flag by giving each student their own flag to keep. Following the morning presentation, veteran volunteers are needed to dine with participants and discuss their military service with them over lunch. Hot meals will be provided by the local Red Cross to all attendees, and veterans of any era are welcome. If interested in volunteering or making a reservation to attend, call David Burden at 330-643-7636.
A Veterans Day Assembly will be hosted by Revere High School Nov. 11. A program at 10 a.m. will feature guest speaker Greg White, a U.S. magistrate judge and former U.S. Marine. White served in the Marine Corps during 1968 and 1969. His service included a tour of duty in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Regiment, and he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with valor and the Naval Commendations Medal with valor. He currently serves as U.S. magistrate judge in the Northern District of Ohio. The veneration of American veterans will include a color guard, special music by the Revere High School Symphonic Choir, a POW/MIA ceremony, multi-media presentations and a time of recognizing those present who have served the country. Following the program, guests will be invited out to the Veterans Memorial to take part in the dedication of the second phase of the memorial. For more information, call Jessica Baird at 330-523-3202. Assistance for guests with disabilities will be available.
• Copley High School’s Student Council will have its annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly Nov. 11. Veterans and Student Council members will gather in the Tomahawk Room at Copley High School for breakfast at 7 a.m. At 8 a.m., the veterans will join other students in the auditorium for an assembly honoring the veterans. Highlights of the assembly will include guest speakers Sgt. Kimani Grant, Sgt. 1st Class David Sollberger and 1974 Copley High School graduate Command Sgt. Maj. David Adams. For more information, call the school, located at 3807 Ridgewood Road, at 330-664-4822.
• As part of Veterans Day observances, a short ceremony is planned Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to dedicate a new 50-foot flagpole at the veterans section of Copley Cemetery, located at 3700 Copley Road, just west of Copley Circle. The ceremony will include three rifle volleys and playing “Taps.” Copley Veterans Post consisting of the American Legion Post No. 473 and VFW Post No. 7971 will dedicate the flagpole. Copley residents and others are invited to attend.
A Veterans Day service will be held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Veterans Memorial, which is located in the median on Broad Boulevard between Front and Second streets. For more information, call the Cuyahoga Falls Mayor’s office at 330-971-8200.
A Veterans Day Observance will take place Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road. There will be several guest speakers to tell of their service. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Any Boy and Cub Scout units are invited to participate, wearing their uniforms and bringing their unit flags.
Norton High School will host a Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly Nov. 11 at the school, 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. All veterans and their spouses are invited to attend. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and the assembly will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the gym. For more information, call 330-825-7300.
• Richfield Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Richfield Veterans Memorial at the corner of Broadview and Streetsboro roads.
• The “Ride for the 3095” will take place Nov. 12 and will begin at the Days Inn & Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road in Richfield and will end at The Ohio Veterans Memorial Park, 8005 Cleveland-Massillon Road in Clinton. Organizers are hoping to attract more than 3,000 motorcycle riders to the event honoring Ohio’s 3,095 Vietnam War casualties for Veterans Day. From the Days Inn, riders will travel about 25 miles along Interstate 77 and state Route 21 to Clinton. Organizers are seeking sponsors who can pay $25 to sponsor a flag in memory of an Ohioan who died in Vietnam. The goal is to have sponsors for all 3,095 names and eventually that many bike riders who can ride with the flags to the park, according to organizers. Sponsors also may ride in the event. To sponsor a flag, call 330-773-2385 or go to www.3095ride .com for more information. Registration will begin the day of the ride at 9 a.m. at the Days Inn. The ride will begin at noon. Once all riders get to the park, a service will take place in addition to other activities, according to organizers.
Granger Elementary School, 3940 Ridge Road, will host a Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the school gym. According to school officials, the assembly is open to Granger Elementary students and Granger residents that are veterans. For more information, call the school at 330-239-1901.