CLAYTON — On Veterans Day the City of Clayton held a ceremony to dedicate Main Street (State Route 48) within the city limits as ‘Veterans Memorial Highway.’
City officials, the Northmont Navy JROTC, local veterans, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7741, police and fire personnel and local residents attended the ceremony held at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Dayton Respiratory Care at 9001 N. Main St. across the street from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Good Samaritan Hospital North Health Center.
“We join in this tribute to our community’s veterans who selflessly served in the United States Armed Forces, both at home and abroad, to protect our freedoms,” said Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering.
Mayor Deitering followed by welcoming the Northmont Navy JROTC, which presented the colors at the dedication ceremony. She also acknowledged the presence of distinguished guests including Montgomery County Common Please Court Judge Barbara Gorman, Northmont Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik, Assistant Superintendent Tony Thomas, newly elected Trotwood Mayor Mary Ann McDonald, and State Representative Jeff Rezabek.
VFW Post 7741 Commander Rodney Corbin was called forward as Deitering read a proclamation in honor of the Veterans that served our country and the Veterans Memorial Highway.
“Whereas so many have given so much in defense of our country and in protection of the liberties we all enjoy, the naming of Veterans Memorial Highway is a tribute to the service members of our community who selflessly served in the United States Armed Forces to protect our freedoms both at home and abroad,” Deitering said as she read the proclamation. “And whereas this roadway dedication in a location that so many will see each and every day is a way to say thank you to our Veterans for their service. All who pass will be reminded of our Veterans and their service to ensure the continued promise of the freedoms we enjoy.
“And whereas naming this roadway serves as a lasting memorial honoring all Veterans, living and deceased, as heroic members of our community who honorably served our country,” she continued. “And whereas our community is eternally grateful for the immense sacrifices of the brave men and women who have nobly defended our freedoms, some making the ultimate sacrifice. Now, therefor,e I Joyce Deitering, mayor of the City of Clayton, Ohio in recognition and commemoration of the members of the armed forces who have served our country, bestow the honorary name of Veterans Memorial Highway as a symbol of the debt Clayton owes all of the men and women of our nation who have answered the call to military duty. On behalf of the elected an appointed officials of the City of Clayton, I hereby offer my deepest gratitude.”
At the conclusion of the reading Deitering presented the proclamation to Post Commander Corbin as the sign along State Route 48 was unveiled by City Manager Rick Rose.
“As we unveil the sign I would like you to observe the significance of the symbol on the sign,” Deitering said. “There are five stars clustered on the sign and each star represents one of the five branches of our military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Also, the stars are arranged to form a pentagon, which signifies ‘The Pentagon’ that oversees all five branches of the armed forces.”
The flag of the United States was honored with the Star Spangled Banner and a musical medley containing portions of the anthems of each branch of the military.