The Village of Mount Sterling will be celebrating Veterans Day this year with a special ceremony to unveil a new veterans monument. The event, which will be held across from Town Hall, is being put on by a number of local organizations including the American Legion, the Village of Mount Sterling and the Mt. Sterling Public Library and Community Museum.
Chris Siscoe, the director of the library, said the monument has had a long journey.
“Several years ago we talked about doing a veterans monument in the community,” Siscoe said. The original design had gone through several changes before landing on the current one which is being built by Jay-Car Construction. “The village always has a ceremony on Veterans Day so we decided to combine the unveiling with that ceremony and make it bigger.”
The base is already at the location and Siscoe said the monument itself will be put in place sometime next week, just ahead of the ceremony. “We want to wait and make the reveal the big moment of the morning,” he said.
There will be a number of speakers at the ceremony including Mount Sterling mayor Lowell Anderson, American Legion Post No. 417 members, Billy Martin and Wes Pierce, as well as state senator Bob Hackett and state representative Bill Dean.
The United States Army 122nd Brass Quintet will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”
The monument was made possible by a community grant and from private donations made by American Legion Post No. 417, Keihin Thermal Technology of America, The Robert Arbogast Family, Whiteside Auto Sales, Jay-Car Construction, Mt. Sterling Eyecare, Ohio Willow Wood, Jerry Baynes, Attorney, Madison Health WinCup, Reiterman Feed and the Mt. Sterling Community Center. There were also donations made by other local businesses and residents.
“This really is a community effort,” Siscoe said.
The ceremony will kick off at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 across from the Town Hall building at 1 S. London St. in Mount Sterling.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.