VETERAN’S DAY: Honoring our brave heroes at New Russia lodge


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



Sandro Marrero, Imari Maldonado, Alyssa Hall, and Oswaldo Carrillo of the Lorain High School JROTC prepare to post the colors.


Oswaldo Carrillo stands tall as the colors are posted.


Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Imari Maldonado of Lorain High School JROTC holds the flag out during the posting of colors.


James Johnson Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946.


John Cannon, commander of American Legion Post 656 in Oberlin, thanked everyone for attending Wednesday’s event and recognizing the individuals that have served.


Cameron Hogg was recognized for serving in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.


Lt. Colonel Dennis Owen of the Lorain High School JROTC served in the U.S. Army.


The Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.


The Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.


Veterans listen to guest speaker Matthew Miller talk about his experiences helping veterans.


Guest speaker Matthew Miller, program manager for veterans initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College, said every day should be considered Veterans Day.


Imari Maldonado salutes the flag before retiring the colors with Alyssa Hall.


Veterans watch as members of the Lorain High School JROTC retire the colors.


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Every veteran stood proudly Wednesday at Oberlin’s Veterans Day appreciation ceremony to say their name and when they served.

Roughly 110 people filled the New Russia Township Lodge to recognize the 20 veterans in attendance and the men and women who have fought and are fighting for our country.

“I’m no hero,” said guest speaker Matthew Miller, soldier in the Ohio National Guard and program manager for veterans initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College. “But I serve heroes every single day.”

Miller said he loves being able to help veterans get an education and find their way after service.

“Veterans Day is like the Super Bowl to me,” he said. “It’s when archives open up their arsenal of memorabilia, the country comes together and honors our defendants of freedom. Flags fly, parades march, and words take place in every corner of this great nation.”

Today is a day of remembrance, reflection, and pride, Miller said.

“Veterans Day is also a meaningful day for our country,” he said. “It gives citizens of our nation cause to recognize the bravery, the patriotism, and the sacrifice of men and women in uniform.”

He said every day is Veterans Day to him.

“We as individuals need to keep (veterans) in our hearts and minds always, not just today but the other 364 days,” said Miller, encouraging all in attendance to hold their loved ones close, appreciate their bravery, and take pride in their courage.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Sandro Marrero, Imari Maldonado, Alyssa Hall, and Oswaldo Carrillo of the Lorain High School JROTC prepare to post the colors.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5051.jpgSandro Marrero, Imari Maldonado, Alyssa Hall, and Oswaldo Carrillo of the Lorain High School JROTC prepare to post the colors.

Oswaldo Carrillo stands tall as the colors are posted.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5056.jpgOswaldo Carrillo stands tall as the colors are posted.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Imari Maldonado of Lorain High School JROTC holds the flag out during the posting of colors.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5058.jpg

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Imari Maldonado of Lorain High School JROTC holds the flag out during the posting of colors.

James Johnson Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5068.jpgJames Johnson Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946.

John Cannon, commander of American Legion Post 656 in Oberlin, thanked everyone for attending Wednesday’s event and recognizing the individuals that have served.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5070.jpgJohn Cannon, commander of American Legion Post 656 in Oberlin, thanked everyone for attending Wednesday’s event and recognizing the individuals that have served.

Cameron Hogg was recognized for serving in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5075.jpgCameron Hogg was recognized for serving in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

Lt. Colonel Dennis Owen of the Lorain High School JROTC served in the U.S. Army.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5078.jpgLt. Colonel Dennis Owen of the Lorain High School JROTC served in the U.S. Army.

The Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5082.jpgThe Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.

The Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5083.jpgThe Oberlin High School orchestra plays a medley of patriotic songs.

Veterans listen to guest speaker Matthew Miller talk about his experiences helping veterans.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5087.jpgVeterans listen to guest speaker Matthew Miller talk about his experiences helping veterans.

Guest speaker Matthew Miller, program manager for veterans initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College, said every day should be considered Veterans Day.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5091.jpgGuest speaker Matthew Miller, program manager for veterans initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College, said every day should be considered Veterans Day.

Imari Maldonado salutes the flag before retiring the colors with Alyssa Hall.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5100.jpgImari Maldonado salutes the flag before retiring the colors with Alyssa Hall.

Veterans watch as members of the Lorain High School JROTC retire the colors.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_5108.jpgVeterans watch as members of the Lorain High School JROTC retire the colors.

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

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