It's great that Election Day and Veterans Day fall in the same week this year. Because thanks to the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country, we enjoy the freedom to vote. Veterans Day honors the service of both U.S. veterans and active military. This year, the Central Ohio Veterans’ Day event takes place on November 9 and begins with an invocation and the National Anthem in front of Columbus City Hall.
The parade steps off at noon from Nationwide Boulevard and High Street. First, guests will enjoy the Nationwide Nationaires singing group and a flyover by two F-16 Fighting Falcon jets. Parade Grand Marshall, Major General Mark E. Bartman, serves as Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard and a member of Governor Kasich's cabinet. This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force as an independent branch of the military.
Then, the route runs south on High Street and west on Broad Street. Parade members include high school, college and military bands; local military units and vehicles; Central Ohio JrROTC units; business groups; and Santa. Indeed, St. Nick makes his first visit of the year to the capital city. He will help U.S. Marines collect new (and unwrapped) toys for the Toys for Tots program.
Did you know Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day? The first one was November 11, 1919, and it observed the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Armistice Day became an annual honor and it became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower renamed the holiday Veterans Day , but some people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The latter memorializes fallen members of the military, and Veterans Day honors and gives thanks to living servicemen and women who have served their country honorably.
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation are seeking nominations for 2018 “Great Ohioans.” The honor recognizes Ohioans who have played an important role in an event of lasting significance to world, American or Ohio history. Categories include government/military/public service/religion; inventions/medicine/science; literature/journalism/history; academics; communications/education; and entertainment/sports. (So, you may know a deserving veteran to nominate). In addition, nominees must be Ohio-born or lived in Ohio for at least five years. Also, 25 years must have passed since the event for which he or she would be recognized. Simply click here for more info or to submit a nomination. The deadline is December 1.
Also, if you are looking for a place to grab a bite to eat or cup of Joe before or after the Veterans Day parade, check out the Downtown Concierge for ideas.