Veterans, first responders invited to recognition ceremony Sept. 11

Veterans and first responders in the Dayton area are invited to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s Veterans and First Responders Recognition Ceremony Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. (Metro News Service photo)

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Veterans and first responders in the Dayton area are invited to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s Veterans and First Responders Recognition Ceremony Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. (Metro News Service photo)

Veterans and first responders in the Dayton area are invited to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s Veterans and First Responders Recognition Ceremony Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greene Town Center in Beavercreek.

Each honoree will be presented with a certificate, an American flag, a lapel pin, an embroidered star from a flag retired from service and a rose. Presenting the colors will be Beavercreek High School’s Jr. ROTC. The Kettering Civic Band and the Dayton Philharmonic Vocal Ensemble will perform, and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Veteran Chris Bussler will provide inspiring keynote comments.

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“September 11th is a date we picked a long time ago for our community-wide veterans recognition program,” said Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care Chaplain Chad Vickers, who will be the event emcee. “But recognizing first responders and veterans has become even more timely in our community, considering what Dayton endured just weeks ago when a mass murderer gunned down and killed nine individuals and wounded many others.”

The Greene Town Center’s Center Courtyard is where the recognition ceremony will take place.

“We are delighted to host this community wide veterans and first responders’ recognition event, said Steve Willshaw, the Greene Town Center’s general manager. “We are expecting a very large crowd, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s going to be a very memorable patriotic evening.”

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s mission is to provide unique, comprehensive and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing a life-limiting illness and to their caregivers.

For more information on the Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s Veterans and First Responders Recognition Ceremony, contact Trevor Combs at Crossroads, trevor.combs@crossroadshospice.com, 937-312-3170.

Event agenda

6:15 p.m. – Kettering Civic Band performs patriotic music.

6:30 p.m. – Introductory remarks by event Host Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care Chaplain Chad Vickers

6:35 p.m. – Colors posted by Beaver Creek High School Jr. ROTC.

6:40 p.m. – Dayton Philharmonic Vocal Ensemble sings the national anthem

6:44 p.m. – Pledge of Allegiance

6:45 p.m. – Keynote speaker: U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Veteran Chris Bussler

6.55 p.m. – Veterans and First Responders Recognition Ceremony. Each veteran will be presented with a certificate, flag and rose

7:30 p.m. – Program concludes

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