Veterans Day ceremony and parade are set

WARREN – The Tribune Chronicle is seeking participants who wish to join this year’s Veterans Day parade.

This year’s Trumbull County Veterans Day commemoration will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. N.W., where Garey Watson’s 10-piece ensemble will play military music.

Coordinated by Gary Gutelious, president of the Trumbull County Veterans Day Federation, the traditional ceremony will follow at 11 a.m., honoring local veterans with support by the 910th Airlift Wing from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Lakeview High School’s Women’s Choir and guest speakers.

This year’s ceremony will center on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement, a cease-fire signed July 27, 1953, essentially ending the war.

Gutelious said the ceremony will honor all veterans from Trumbull and Mahoning counties, but he wanted to do something special for the Korean War veterans.

This year’s guest speaker is Robert Brothers, a U.S. Army veteran who served nearly 400 days in “the forgotten war.”

Mayor Doug Franklin will offer a brief welcome. Emceeing the ceremony will be Herman Breuer, director of the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission.

Following the service, there will be a 21-gun salute outside the church with the American Legion 540 Honor Guard and taps provided by Garey Watson and Adam Shortreed.

The annual Trumbull County Veterans Day Parade will step off at approximately 12:15 p.m. from Perkins Park and move throughout the downtown area.

Sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle since 2003, the parade is one way the newspaper shows appreciation and admiration for not only the servicemen in our county but across the country.

In a similar fashion to previous years, the Trumbull County veterans who were profiled in the Tribune’s weekly series – featured on Mondays since Memorial Day – will ride in cars provided by Diane Sauer Chevrolet.

“The veterans have always been featured in the parade, but it’s different veterans spotlighted each year,” Sue Shafer, Tribune Chronicle event coordinator, said. “But the parade is to honor all veterans. We encourage any individual, business or organization to join with us in honoring veterans.”

Marching with the several local businesses, organizations, clubs and veteran and auxiliary groups is the Warren G. Harding Marching Band.

“I encourage more people and businesses to participate and honor the veterans for their service and sacrifice,” Shafer said.

Shafer said the newspaper’s respect for the men and women who served in the armed forces is evidenced in its continuous efforts to share their personal experiences and stories throughout the years.

As part of the Tribune Chronicle’s 200th year of publishing in Trumbull County, last year the newspaper brought to life the interviews with the local freedom fighters and assembled a book based solely on their experiences.

“Valor and Sacrafice,” a book of more than 200 veteran profile stories written by the Tribune’s staff between 2003 and 2011, is available to purchase at the Tribune or on the website.

“It’s all about taking the time to thank all of the veterans,” Shafer said.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Veterans Day parade may call Shafer at at 330-841-1696 or email her at Parade participation forms are available upon request.

The deadline to register is Nov. 4.