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home : columnists : columnists November 18, 2017


11/8/2017 4:00:00 AM
Celebrating Veterans Day
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Former American Legion Post 45 Commander Rickie Woods speaks during the Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville in 2016.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Former American Legion Post 45 Commander Rickie Woods speaks during the Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville in 2016.
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonAmerican Legion Post 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6246 annually put on the Veterans Day on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

American Legion Post 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6246 annually put on the Veterans Day on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville.

By Betsy Reason
Editor


It's time to celebrate our military veterans and thank them for their service.

Veterans Day will be celebrated today through Saturday during an array of events in Hamilton County.

Noblesville Lions Club will offer a dinner for invited local veterans, at 6:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Jim Dandy, 2301 Conner St., Noblesville. Veterans will be given a chance to share stories.

Noblesville High School will play host to a Veterans Day event from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the high school auditorium, 18111 Cumberland Road.

Local veterans are invited to attend and are encouraged to arrive by 1 p.m.

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson and Noblesville Schools' Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer are expected to be in attendance.

The 60-minute program not only honors veterans but also teaches high school students about the importance of Veterans Day. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria. Other Noblesville schools will honor veterans with student and family programs.

The City of Carmel will conduct its annual Veterans Day Ceremony, themed "Heroes Among Us," at noon Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Tarkington Theater, 3 Center Green, Suite 200, Carmel. Participants include Council President Sue Finkam; Sgt. Ronald Eaton, U.S. Army Retired, as keynote speaker; Carmel VFW/American Legion Honor Guard, Carmel Middle School Choir, and Actors Theatre of Indiana. Poster and essay contest winners will be recognized, with winning essays to be read by students.

Here at the county seat in Noblesville, a Veterans Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Hamilton County War Memorial on the Square in Downtown Noblesville.

It's put on by American Legion Post 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6246.

This year, it's the VFW's turn to play host, said James Martin, a member of the VFW, who is emceeing the program.

The event, which will begin with a brief speech by Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, will honor four of the county's veterans, Joe Robbins, who had distinguished service during the Vietnam War; Howard Kenley, who had distinguished service during World War II; Charles Layton, a prisoner of war in Korea; and the late Michael Randall, who was killed in Vietnam.

Kenny Harris will do his traditional laying of the wreath, followed by a 21-gun salute by the Legion and VFW. Names of the deceased veterans will also be read at Riverside Cemetery and Crownland Cemetery.

The community is invited to a free ham-and-beans meal following at the Legion, 1094 Conner St., and VFW, 654 S. Ninth St.

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Cicero Kiwanis Club will honor veterans at a breakfast at United Family Wesleyan Church, 210 Washington Ave., Cicero. Veterans may make reservations by calling Joe Robbins at (317) 379-6780 or email cicerokiwanis@gmail.com. Guest speaker will be retired Army General Don Canaday.

Cicero American Legion Post 341 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8756 will conduct their annual Veteran's Day program at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cicero Cemetery, on 236th Street, near Red Bridge Park, 697 W. Jackson St., Cicero.

The Westfield American Legion Post 318 will conduct two Veteran Day programs on Friday. The first is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Sanders Glen Retirement Center, 334 S. Cherry St. The second is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Maple Park Village Center, 776 N. Union St.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.





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