The Jackson County Veterans Service Office has announced details for the annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program, which will be held on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m., at Jackson County Memorial Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Portsmouth streets in downtown Jackson.
The main guest speaker will be veteran Brandon Sigman, who will be representing the Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) Chapter 45. Sigman is a sergeant with the 1191st Engineer Company in Portsmouth and is a heavy equipment operator and team leader for the Second Squad, Second Platoon.
Sigman has been in the Ohio National Guard for 9-½ years and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Medal with a Campaign Star, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, and NATO Medal.
In his civilian life, Sigman is a fork lift operator at General Mills. He also serves as the senior vice commander at the DAV Chapter 45. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Tammy and their children and grandchildren.
Wendell Brunton of the Jackson County Marine Corps League will serve as master of ceremonies and will also introduce Sigman. Jackson County Veterans Service Officer Arnold Tripp will recite a history of Veterans Day and will also introduce the commanders of the local veterans' organizations. Ron Speakman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8402 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and John Pelletier of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellston will give both the Invocation and Benediction.
The Jackson High School Marching Band, under the direction of Aaron Rex, will provide appropriate patriotic music for the program, will play The National Anthem and conclude the program with the soulful playing of Taps. The DAV Chapter 45 Honor Guard will serve as a firing squad in the program and Jessica Potts of the VFW Post 8402 Ladies Auxiliary will lay the memorial wreath.
The public is urged to attend and there will be some bleachers in place to provide seating.
The Wellston High School National Honor Society will conduct the annual Wellston Veterans Day Program this Friday, Nov. 10 in the high school gymnasium, beginning at 10 a.m.
National Honor Society students, under the supervision of advisor Sarah Hammond, will conduct the program. All high school and middle school students will attend and members of the community are also welcome to attend.
There will be no guest speaker this year, but one of the highlights of this year's program will be saluting local World War II veteran Richard Smeltzer as this year's "Hometown Hero." Two of Smeltzer's great-grandchildren are students at Wellston High School.
In conjunction with the Veterans Day Program, the McDonald's restaurant in Wellston will be offering veterans a free breakfast on Friday in the period from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. prior to the program at the high school.