Dedication Ceremony for the
Galion Veterans Memorial
Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2002

Heise Park Veterans Triangle  

 
Before the Ceremony, Darrel "Red" Rinehart was busy assisting the flag bearers preparing the flags.
  
  Memorial Committee Chairman, Don Diosi,Sr., is talking to Ron Simon from the Mansfield News Journal for his story.
  
 
Waiting for the proceedings to begin, the program participants and Veteran's Commission Members and wives were bundled up against the cold wind out of the north. It was surmised that if it had not have been so cold the attendance would have been much greater.
  
  The highest ranking military officer in Ohio, Adj General John H. Smith was in attendance. He is seen here (in the rear) talking with Galion's David Dayne, who is a LT. Colonel in the Ohio Military Reserve.
  
 
The Souvenir Program of the Ceremony. Click on the pictures for an enlarged view.
  
 
The Parade Of Colors by the Military and Service Organizations. The Flags will be assembled to the right and left of the Monument.
  
  The Invocation is about to be given by Rev. Bill Kennedy, (light coat), who is our Galion Police and Fire Chaplain.
  
 
The Flag is being raised by the 1486th Transportation Company Honor Guard. The blue smoke in the air came from the Civil War Replica Cannon being fired when "the bombs bursting in air" words were being sung for the National Anthem. Rick Walker and Friends sung the Anthem in acappella for a nice change of pace. Ron Gehresch brought the cannon in for the event.
  
 
As the High School/Alumni Band played the traditional song from each of the five Branches of Service, their flags were smartly raised by either a present member or former member of that Branch.
  
 
Chairman Don Diosi welcomes the crowd and guests.
  
  LTC. David Dayne, 4th MP Brigade, Ohio Military Reserve, introduces the Speaker.
  
 
Command Sergeant Major Joe Riedlinger, 737th Maintenance Battalion was the Keynote speaker for the Memorial Dedication.
  
  The Galion High School Showtunes Choir were represented.
  
 
The POW-MIA veterans were not forgotten. Here Louis Algire, of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club places a red rose on the chair for the prisoners of war and missing in action who can't be here today.
  
 
"God Bless the USA" was sung by Angie Hoffman. During this song the C130 made its low passes.
  
  Chairman Don Diosi presents the completed Veterans Triangle back to the City with Council President Joe Kleinknecht and Phil Honsey, City Mangager accepting.
  
 
Mrs. Betty Unkrich, widow of Ferd, had the honor of placing the Memorial Wreath to our fallen veterans.
  
  Howard McConnel and Fellow Bagpipers played "Amazing Grace" as part of the wreath laying. This was followed by "Taps" by Tim Musselman and a Rifle fire salute.
  
The hour long ceremony brought a good number of townspeople down to Heise Park's Veteran's Triangle. Everyone seem quite pleased with the pageantry and the mix of events, some solemn and some entertaining. Numerous comments were made as to the overall quality and appropriatness of the ceremony.
  
 
Everyone was invited up to come up and look for their Veteran's engraved paver brick at the end of the ceremony.
  
  The Army National Guard Unit from Marion brought up some their equipment for inspection and was very fitting for this Armed Forces Day event.
  
 
The whole event was video taped and a copy may be obtained from A.J.K. Video Enterprises.
  
  Cake for 200 was served in the old Log Cabin and was donated by Diane Brown of Cake Creations.
  
 
These images are composites and have been re-created to represent the excitement of the two passes that the Air National Guard C130, from the 179th Airlift Wing based at nearby Mansfield, made.
Earlier, three F16's from Toledo came over but our photographer was too awe struck to remember he had a camera and were gone before the picture could be taken.
  

 

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