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Gahanna-Jefferson to Honor Vets Nov. 9-12th

Gahanna-Jefferson to Honor Local Veterans

In recognition of and to the many area parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and neighbors who currently comprise the nation's more than 22 million veterans, Fri., Nov. 9, 2012, Gahanna Lincoln HS will host its annual Community Veterans Day Ceremony beginning 9:30 a.m., at the Gahanna Lincoln Veterans Memorial, located on the school’s front lawn, 140 S. Hamilton Rd.

Providing the keynote address is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Alston III, a deputy counterdrug coordinator with the Ohio National Guard Joint Forces. 

A Gahanna resident, Lt. Col. Alston is highly decorated with 16 various medals, commendations and ribbons for outstanding service; including two Meritorious Service Medals, four Combat Readiness Medals, and an Iraq Campaign Medal. In his current role, he works to support Ohio’s law enforcement agencies in the fight against the sale and use of illegal drugs, as well as “narco-terrorism” and similar threats.

Photos courtesy of Brian Hoyt, public affairs manager,
City of Gahanna.

  The tentative itinerary includes (but not limited to):

  • Posting of the Colors (the America Flag) - by American Legion Post 797
  • God Bless America:  GLHS Chorale
  • Pledge of Allegiance: GLHS Student Council Leadership
  • Event Welcome: GLHS Prinicpal Dwight Carter
  • Recognition of Veterans & the Families of the Fallen
  • Keynote Address: Lt. Col. Alexander Alston III
  • Reading of the Military Service Honor Roll & Laying of the Wreath Ceremony
  • Benediction: Pastor Steve Resch of Walnut Creek  Presbyterian Church
  • Final Salute - by VFW Post 4719
  • Performance of Taps 

The Gahanna Lincoln Veterans Memorial
Designed by students from Eastland-Fairfield's architecture program and constructed in 2006, the plaza is actually a multi-segment structure.

The first being the actual memorial, made of granite pillars that represent the 18 soldiers from GLHS known to have given their lives in military service to the country. Their names are inscribed on the inner pillars. The perimeter pillars display the engraved  emblems of the five branches of military service and the core mission of each. Collectively, the 20-pillar structure honors all veterans - past, present and future.

The second segment is the plaza, featuring  pavers and benches made of granite. Both are inscribed with permanent memorial and visionary statements; compliments of the individual, civic and corporate sponsors to provide additional space about reflection about service and honor.

Additional GJPS Veterans Day 2012 Events
November 9
  November 12
  Additional City of Gahanna Veterans Day Memorial Events - Click here

History of Veterans Day
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” >>> More...

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