Veterans Day Events

Veterans Day is Friday and there are many events in the Mahoning Valley honoring veterans and active-duty military personnel. To include an item, fax to 330-841-1717 or email at


• MECCA — 8:30 a.m., Veterans Day assembly at Maplewood High School gymansium. A panel of local veterans will answer questions from students. The event is open to the public.


• AUSTINTOWN — 9 a.m., Austintown Fitch High School auditorium, to honor American veterans as well as the military veterans of the school faculty and staff. Chris Wortman, a Gold Star Mother, will be the guest speaker. The winning entry of the “Voice of Democracy Contest,” an audio-essay program, will be played.

• CHAMPION — 10 a.m., tribute to veterans and military personnel at Champion Central Elementary School gymnasium. Students will present musical performances and tributes.

• GIRARD — 5:30 p.m., services sponsored by the Girard Veterans Council. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will travel from behind Boardman Medical Supply, marching south on Market to Liberty Street, west on Liberty to the Girard-McDonald viaduct, where there will be a tossing of wreath and rifle salute. The parade then will travel east on Liberty to High Street, north on High to Main and east on Main to the War Memorial for flag raising and placement of the wreath. Mayor James Melfi will be the speaker. The host for this year’s services is the American Legion Post #235.

• GIRARD — 3 p.m., Vietnam War Memorial dedication at log cabin, 325 N. State St., with Girard Veterans Council Honor Guard and other distinguished guests.

• HUBBARD — 8:30 a.m. at the Hubbard Middle School auditorium, 350 Hall Ave. Students will read original writings and present a special project to honor veterans. The ceremonial walk of veterans will be held after the ceremony, with Hubbard students escorting veterans through the halls.

• NEWTON FALLS — 9 a.m., Newton Falls High School students will host their annual Veterans Day assembly, where veterans will be recognized with stories, poems, videos and gifts.

• NILES — 11 a.m., Niles American Legion Post 106 observance at  Niles City Cemetery.

• VIENNA — 10 a.m., Mathews High School will honor veterans, with representatives from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The high school held an essay writing contest and the three winners will be reading their essays.

• WARREN –The Trumbull County Veterans Day Federation will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. Kenneth J. David, a  U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, will be the speaker.  Scheduled to be honored are Raymond Unger and Margaret O’Brien. Doors open 10 a.m. with the Cortland Community Band playing music at 10:30 a.m. The parade will follow the ceremony around 12:15 p.m. and travel through downtown Warren.

• WARREN — Warren SCOPE Senior Center, West Market Street, Warren, will honor veterans and center members following Warren’s Veterans Day parade.

• YOUNGSTOWN — 11 a.m., Mahoning County Courthouse rotunda. Speaker is Robert E. Bush Jr. of the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office and a Vietnam veteran, and Ed Savel, commander of the United Veterans Council, will participate in the placing of the wreath.


• YOUNGSTOWN —“Steel Town Goes To War” Exhibit, noon to 4 the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St. The exhibit is free to all current and former veterans and their families, and $1 off admission for all other visitors.


• AUSTINTOWN — 2 to 5 p.m., Austintown Band’s veterans concert and chili cook-off, Austintown Fitch High School. Chili cook-off will be 2 to 4  p.m. in the cafeteria and the concert will follow at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium.

• WARREN — The Packard Band will present a ”Veterans Day Tribute” 3 p.m. at Packard Music Hall. Guest conductor is Loras J. Schissel.