SSU plans annual Veterans Recognition Day

By Tom Corrigan

Shawnee State University, 940 Second St., will host its 24th annual Veterans Recognition Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 8.

A veterans recognition ceremony is scheduled for noon the same day in the Sudexo Ballroom of the SSU Morris University Center.

One highlight of the day is a veterans’ services display to be set up in the lobby of the University Center, said SSU coordinator of military and veterans’ services Eric Ramaekers.

Organizations taking part in the services display are to include the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Ohio Veterans Home, Scioto County Veterans Service Office and the Chillicothe Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Also on hand will be representatives from the True Lure “No Kill” Deer Hunt, which offers disabled vets and other persons with challenges the opportunity to take part in a bloodless deer hunt.

Ramaekers said another highlight of the day will be what’s been advertised as “Pets for Vets.”

Sponsored by Sierra’s Haven and the SSU Development Office, Pets for Vets provides free pet adoptions for all veterans. In other words, Ramaekers said sponsors will cover pet adoption fees for eligible vets. An animal rescue facility, Sierra’s Haven will bring dogs and cats available for adoption to the event. Ramaekers said vets may not be able to immediately take an animal home that day but they will be able to select an animal for adoption if they desire to do so.

Speakers for the recognition ceremony are scheduled to be SSU Interim President Jeff Bauer and Sam McKibben, well-known local radio announcer and a retired veteran. Student Veterans of America Chapter President Ryan Schiesser will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Additionally, American Legion Post 23 will present the colors for the event, while the Portsmouth West High School Choir sings the national anthem. Ron Moniger of AMVETS Post 2352 will lead a prayer and moment of silence. Besides presenting the colors, AL post 23 also will provide an honor guard and taps honoring lost veterans as well as completing a ceremony to properly retire American flags. Throughout the year, the post collects old flags at their building in Portsmouth.

For further information, regarding Veterans Recognition Day call (740) 351-4441.

By Tom Corrigan