Veterans Day Rededication of the Memorial at the Municipal Building at the new Flag Plaza Memorial

 
This was a special Veterans Day event at 3 p.m. for the rededication of the historical monument and city flag pole that had been located at the North West corner of the Municipal Building since early World War II. The yearly 11 a.m. memorial ceremony for our veterans will continue to be held at the Veterans Memorial in Heise Park as it was this year.

 

The Sons of AMVETS Post 1979 had the honor of raising the flag on this windy, rainy afternoon.

 
The National Anthem was sung by The 3 R's (three retirees - from the left: Dave Smith, Fred Barr and Richard Ramsdell). Though not in the picture, Herb Krichbaum provided the musical accompaniment on his Keyboard.   Their musical talents were very much appreciated by the chilled crowd assembled to witness the rededication. Brian Treisch and our Community Band were providing patriotic music before the dedication and at intervals in the ceremony.

 
The Dedication of the Flag Plaza Memorial and handing it over to the City was made by Jerry Lantz, Chairman of the the Galion Veterans Memorial Commission. It was noted that the Memorial was totally funded by private money from the veteran's organizations and patriotic private citizens.

     
Jerry Lantz,
Veterans Memorial Commission
  Sharon Barnes,
City Council, Parks Committee
  Denny Little,
President of the City Council
  Don Diosi,
Veterans Memorial Commission, Master of Ceremony at right.

   
A recent part of Veterans Day events has been the recognition of our veterans, where the band plays the song of each branch of our armed services and as that branch's flag comes forward, those veterans are requested to make themselves known.

 
The medley has just about finished and the five branches, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard flags are all waving with the help of the Sons of AMVETS members.

 
 
Walter Williams, WWII Army Air Corps member and former prisoner of war, places the wreath honoring our missing POW's.   Francis Germann, also a WWII veteran was chosen to place the Veteran's wreath. Francis is very active in the Memorial Commission.

 

Chaplain Don Crego is leading the prayer
and was followed by the American Legion Rifle Squad saluting the honored dead
as Veterans Commission member, Tim Mussleman played Taps to complete the ceremony.