MORRISTOWN - Morristown veterans who served in armed conflicts around the world, especially World War II, will be honored at a dedication of the World War II Veterans Honor Board on June 8th at the village park.
The dedication, part of CommUNITY Day, will take place at the Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park at Morristown on Sunday, June 8th at 12:30 p.m.
The World War II Veterans Honor Board, a reproduction of the original Roll of Honor that stood during the war, is a project of the Morristown Historic Preservation Association (MHPA). Names of local residents whose names are listed on the board can be seen by visiting www.morristownohio.org.
Barb Shepherd (left) and Lois Talbott McDowell are two Morristown residents who have family named on the World War II Veterans Honor Board shown in the background. A dedication of this Roll of Honor will take place Sunday, June 8th at 12:30 p.m. at the Lynn-Hunkler Memorial Park at Morristown. The dedication is part of CommUNITY Day that includes a visit by the National Pike Wagon Train, the National Pike Pickers bluegrass band, and other activities at the park.
"Veteran's Board like this were found in many small communities back in the 1940's," said John Rataiczak, president of MHPA. "We are pleased to honor these veterans in this way, ensuring they are remembered for generations to come."
Rev. Gene Miller of the Morristown Methodist Church and Pastor Curtis Hallstrom of the Morristown Christian Church will be the featured speakers at the dedication. Rev. Miller is a World War II veteran, having served in the Army and the Navy. Pastor Hallstrom is a former Naval Aviator.
A color guard from the Belmont County Veterans Council will post the colors.
Following the dedication, the National Pike Wagon Train, sponsored by the Belmont County Tourism Council, will arrive at approximately 1:30. The National Pike Pickers, a Wheeling-based bluegrass band, will perform from 1 until 4 p.m. There will be inflatable amusements for children of all ages and traditional picnic food will be served.
The public is invited and encouraged to bring a lawn chair and spend a pleasant afternoon in the park.
All events and activities of CommUNITY Day are free, courtesy of the Morristown Historic Preservation Association. For information call 740-782-1688.
In case of inclement weather, the dedication will be held, but the band and amusements will be cancelled.