YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Veterans Day was Wednesday, and there were many events honoring local military men and women throughout the Valley.
Veterans from all branches of the military were honored by students in the East Liverpool City School District on Tuesday.
The Morning Journal says there were events at all school buildings throughout the day. Students had the opportunity to have breakfast or lunch with veterans in their own families or circle of friends.
At the East Liverpool Junior-Senior High School, veterans received a standing ovation as they were escorted into the auditorium.
School district leaders say they planned events the day before Veterans Day, since so many events are planned for the national holiday which veterans attend.
Parades and ceremonies were held across the Valley, including at Austintown Fitch High School, where students, teachers and veterans gathered for an assembly Wednesday morning.
The band and choir performed a song for each branch of the military, asking veterans to stand up. There were also guest speakers, and Fitch Principal Chris Berni taught the students little known facts about Veterans Day.
WKBN caught up with one of the veterans there to talk about what ceremonies like this mean to him.
“They were actually paying attention, so that tells me that the generation that’s a couple generations behind me, because I’m 68, they care, they’re interested, they want to know what happened,” said Army Veteran Leo Connelly, Jr.
A student at Austintown Fitch High School also did something special to recognize veterans. He chose to build a veterans’ memorial outside of the school.
He did not do it completely alone — many people from the school helped get supplies and donations to make it happen. While the projects do not need to make a big splash, Seth says he wanted to.
“I’ve always believed the United States is the best county in the world, and the reason for that is because of our veterans,” he said. “So I wanted to do something big for them.”
The high school had a dedication ceremony for the memorial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In Youngstown, students from St. Joseph the Provider School sang at Mahoning County’s Veterans Day observance.
Leaders from county veterans groups put together the ceremony, and members of the community gathered to remember those who died in service.
They also gave prayers for the men and women who returned home to their families.
Students at Martin Luther King Elementary also performed songs for veterans at the school, with each grade level giving a performance.
School Principal Artemus Scissum said children learned that others made sacrifices for them.
“They can grow up and have the ability to be who they want to be,” he said. “We want them to be the best, and we want them to know that others laid the groundwork for that to take place.”
Veterans from across the community were invited to the school to see the program.
A Veterans Day parade was held Wednesday in downtown Warren.
Herman Breurer, director of the Trumbull County Veteran Service Commission, said the parade was important, because it recognized all veterans and veterans’ organizations for the work that they do for the community.
For more information on the work that Trumbull County Veterans Services Commission does, visit the commission’s website.