9/11 ceremonies planned in B.G., Gibsonburg

Staff Writer

The Wood County commissioners have scheduled the 2021 Wood County Patriot Day Ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and rededication of Veterans Memorial Plaza for Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse in Bowling Green.
In addition to the rededication of the Wood County Veterans Memorial, the ceremony will feature a keynote address from Major General James R. Camp, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Ohio National Guard, and a performance by the Wood County Veterans Memorial High School Band, under the direction of Brian Myers, Director of Bands at Eastwood High School.
The band members are students from high schools across the county. A display of historic military vehicles will be held on Court Street in front of the courthouse from 9 a.m. to noon. The display is provided by county residents John Cheney and Tom Price.
The original Wood County Veterans Memorial was established on the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn in 1950. Memorials for the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were added, but time and weather took a toll.
Wood County veterans worked to design a new Veterans Memorial plaza that recognizes all county residents who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, and Afghanistan along with our Gold Star families.
The project is funded by a combination of donations and public dollars and creates an area accessible to people with disabilities, and is conducive to memorial services.
Parking is available in the lots on Summit Street immediately east of the courthouse. Main Street in downtown Bowling Green will be closed for the Black Swamp Arts Festival.

The Village of Gibsonburg is planning a remembrance ceremony at Williams Park on Sept. 11 at noon to observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the fifth anniversary of the Public Safety Service Memorial.
The Gibsonburg High School band will perform the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited by local Cub Scouts.
The Rev. Scott Woods will lead the service with a prayer and Norm VanNess will provide welcoming remarks.
Others planned speakers are Mayor Steve Fought, Sandusky County Sheriff Christopher Hilton, Sandusky County Commissiner Russ Zimmerman, State Representative Gary Click, and State Senator Bill Reineke.
There will also be a wreath laying ceremony and a performance of Amazing Grace by the Black Swamp Pipes and Drums. Dan Corfman, high school band director, will perform Taps and the high school choir will sing God Bless America.


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