There will be a Veterans Day Program this year at the Vinton County Courthouse, according to Veteran Services Officer Tim Reed. While the Memorial Day Program had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reed is glad the Veterans Day Program can go forward.

The program will be hosted by Common Pleas Judge James P. Salyer. He was a U.S. Army Captain who served overseas so honoring veterans is important to him. The activities will start at 10:30 a.m. when the VFW Post 5299 Honor Guard assembles, Judge Salyer will also be making opening remarks and the National Anthem will be performed by Abby Owings.

Judge Salyer will then make the Veterans Day address and reflect upon the county’s contribution to the U.S. military among many other issues.

Judge Salyer’s remarks will be followed by the reading of the list of the Vinton County war dead by Vinton County Probate-Juvenile Judge N. Robert Grillo. Reed stated this list has grown some over the years as people have gotten in touch with the county regarding additional names. 

The ceremony will conclude when 5299 Post members perform a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps”. Members of the public will also be able to honor a veteran by ringing the county’s Bicentennial Bell in honor of the veterans in their family. After the program, there will be a hot-dog-and-chili dinner at the McArthur VFW Hall, located at 401 Veterans Memorial Drive in McArthur.