Friday, November 8, 2013

Veterans Day events in the Greater Akron area:

Veterans Day events 

Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton. 
Annual Salute to Veterans. All veterans and military of every branch will receive free admission along with free admission for their spouse or one guest. 
Commemorative patriotic hall of fame pin and 10 percent discount in museum store. 
Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Families receive free admission. 
Featured speaker is Craig Wolfley, a 12-year veteran of the NFL — 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and two with the Minnesota Vikings. Emcee is radio host Bruce Hooley of WKNR-AM 850. Ceremony at 10 a.m. 

8 to 11 a.m. Lodi American Legion Post 523, 120 Bank St., Lodi. Free breakfast served to all veterans. Guests welcome.
8 p.m. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, University of Akron. 
Salute to Those Who Serve. 
The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will honor veterans with its first Pop Series concert of the season. It features Alvy Powell, soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus, who was the lead in the symphony’s production of Porgy and Bess in 2011. NewsChannel 5 anchor Leon Bibb will provide narration. Veterans and guests are eligible for a 25 percent discount on tickets while supplies last. 

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. 
All veterans and military personnel who present their military IDs will be given free admission and a complimentary tour from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1 p.m. Northwest High School Commons, 8580 Erie Ave. N., Lawrence Township. 
Third annual Canal Fulton Community Veterans Day Program, presented by Friends of the Canal Fulton Public Library. 
Local veterans will be honored for Silver Star and Military Order of Purple Heart medals they received, as well as induction into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. 
Keynote speaker will be Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Included are Northwest High School band, Lorain High School Junior ROTC, the Akron & District Pipe Band and Marlboro Volunteers Mobile Museum of U.S. Military History. Visitors can tour museum and an assortment of military vehicles. Refreshments available.
2 to 5 p.m. Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon. 
Exhibit opening for artwork by U.S. veterans from Summit and Stark counties. Free. There will be speakers and refreshments.

3 p.m. Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman. 
Annual service will be held. Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Gary Maibach, pastor of the Apostolic Christian Church in Rittman and a decorated combat medic in Vietnam. 330-335-3069. 

8 a.m. University of Akron Student Union Ballroom. 
Continental breakfast for area veterans and a ceremony. Speaker will be Terry Gould, UA alumnus and U.S. Navy veteran. 
At 10 a.m. at the flagpole near Buchtel Hall, Jim Tressel, vice president of student success, will speak before cadets conduct a rifle salute. 
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Military Services Center will host a celebration for veterans and families in Musson Veterans Lounge on the third floor of InfoCision Stadium. 
At 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Door in E.J. Thomas Peforming Arts Hall, Gould will deliver a presentation titled How Can You Mend This Purple Heart: A Veteran’s Journey of Healing & Redemption. 

10 a.m. Historic Church on Tallmadge Circle. 
Program for area veterans and citizens. It will include speakers, the Tallmadge High School band and a rifle salute.

10:45 a.m. Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1800 Steese Road. 
World War II veteran Pete Keslar, 89, will be keynote speaker at the annual ceremony. The Green Intermediate School choir will perform. 
Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served at John Torok Community and Senior Center, 4224 Massillon Road.

11 a.m. Veterans Memorial, Broad Boulevard/Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls. 
Flag raising and wreath ceremony.

11 a.m. Ravenna Courthouse, 203 W. Main St., Ravenna. 
The Portage County commissioners will recognize families of fallen heroes and living veterans at a prayer service. It will be held at the Veterans Memorial. 
Garfield Marching Pride will perform. 
Keynote speaker will be Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inductee John Caipen. 

11 a.m. Massillon American Legion, 427 Lincoln Way E., Massillon.
Outdoor flag raising and services. Refreshments served indoors afterward. 

Noon. Summa Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls.
There will be a 7 a.m. flag raising on the hospital grounds and a noon program in the auditorium. Presentation and posting of colors by American Legion Post 281, followed by singing of the National Anthem by pain management nurse Rhonda Brode. 
Veterans among employees, physicians, community members and patients will be recognized. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Major Brian A. Reali, Stow law director. 

1 to 5 p.m. Ohio Military Museum, 316 Lincoln Way E., Massillon. 
Open house with military vehicles on display. Free. 

1:30 p.m. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 
Free three-hour train ride for veterans or currently enlisted in the Armed Forces and their families, starting at Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence. 
Trip to Northside Station in Akron and back. Tickets available 45 minutes before departure on first-come, first-served basis.

2 p.m. Copley Veterans Cemetery, 3700 Copley Road. 
A re-enactment of the War of 1812 and a ceremony will honor nine veterans from that war with headstones on their unmarked graves in Montrose Cemetery.

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