Veterans Day briefs 11/11/19

Staff writer

Memorial dedication
set for Nov. 11 at Clay
Clay High Alumni & Friends Association, in conjunction with Oregon City Schools, will dedicate a memorial marker honoring the service of U.S. Army Reservist Pfc. Jacob Wilkes Monday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. within Clay Memorial Stadium.
Pfc. Wilkes lost his life while on duty at the Army Reserve Center in Lima, Ohio, on March 3, 2018. A 2017 Clay graduate, he died as the result of an accident while performing his duties as a vehicle mechanic.
Former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown will deliver the dedication address at the ceremony. Mayor Brown’s mother was the area leader of the Gold Star Mothers Organization, having lost a son in WWII.
State Rep. Michael Sheehy, who served as a U.S. Army Lieutenant during the Vietnam War, will offer remarks. Clay High Principal James Jurski and social studies teacher Chris Klosterman will also participate in the program, which is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.
The Greater Toledo Chapter #35 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will present the colors and conduct the playing of “Taps” in memory of Pfc. Wilkes. Members of the U.S. Army are also expected to attend, along with Clay students.
Tammy Hughes, alumni association president, and Jerry Eversman, who has been a leader for the memorials that have been placed in the stadium’s memorial garden, encourage area veterans and the community to attend the dedication.

Frisch’s Big Boy
honoring veterans
All day Monday, Nov. 11, Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants of Northwest Ohio will honor veterans and active duty U.S. military with a complimentary Big Boy sandwich and French fries.
The offer is designated for dining room service only with proper ID. Participating locations include Northwood, Bowling Green, Defiance, Fremont, Maumee, Napoleon, Perrysburg, Port Clinton, Tiffin and Toledo.

Veterans breakfast
and resource fair
The 15th Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Resource Fair will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m. in Savage Hall at the University of Toledo.
The event, a collaborative effort of the American Red Cross, the University of Toledo and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission, is open to all local veterans, members of the military and their families.
Along with breakfast, the event will also offer attendees access to over 34 military-focused community resources.
Historical military vehicles and Army uniforms will be on display from the Neff Military Museum in Findlay, recognizing the United States Army as the honored branch of service this year.
Local television personality Dan Cummins, will serve as the master of ceremonies and Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Wishard, of the United States Army will be the honored speaker for the event. Wishard’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Wolfpack. He is currently serving as the First Sergeant for the Toledo Recruiting Company, within the Cleveland Recruiting Battalion.
Members of the Rossford High School S.O.S. (Serving Our Soldiers) club will greet participants and assist veterans through the breakfast line.

Veterans receive free
admission at HPLM
Military veterans will receive free admission to the historic Hayes Home and museum on Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.
Hours for the holiday are noon-5 p.m. The first tour of the Hayes Home is at 1 p.m., and the last tour is at 4 p.m. The research library is closed for the holiday.
Regular hours resume on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit


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