Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thank a Vet 5K a Success!

The Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank everyone for supporting the Thank A Vet 5k on May 30th. It was a bigger success than we hoped it would be.

There were 85 people signed up and 77 participated.

Approximately 50 Veterans showed up for the pre-ceremony. Of those veterans there were 25+ Vietnam Veterans to receive special recognition.

Well over 140 people were there to attend the event whether they were runners/walkers, Veterans or spectators.

There was a recognition ceremony before the race/walk. State Rep Jim Buchy was the guest speaker and Richard Grow, VFW Post 7262 Chaplain gave the prayer. The American Legion Post 140 Honor Guard presented Arms/American Flag, Rifle Volley & Taps. Jean Kelly sang the National Anthem. During the ceremony, the Vietnam Veterans were asked to step to the front to receive a Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Veteran pin, certificate and sticker.

The Greenville Sr High School ROTC were on the course to direct everyone through.

WHIO-TV Steve Baker and other local media covered the event. Pictures were taken by Mora Photography, Greenville.

We would like to thank the Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262, the Men's Auxiliary, Ladies' Auxiliary and the Boosters for sponsoring this event.

We would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped make this event a success: Ohio Representative Jim Buchy for the opening ceremony, Jean Kelly for singing the National Anthem, Captain Denman and members of the Greenville High School JROTC, Caleb Baker, Isaac Baker, Meagan Foster, Austin Engelkin, Ida-Marie Zeller, Logan Baker, Heavenly Scarberry, Joice Gower and Megan Mitchell from Great Clips, Jill Wright, Auris Alderman and Victor Alderman.

We would like to give a special thank you to the American Legion for allowing us to not only use the Veteran's Building at the Fairgrounds, but for helping during the ceremony. We would also like to thank the American Legion Honor Guard for performing the rifle volley and presentation of the American flag.

Photos of the event can be seen at

5K Results can be seen at

Fort GreeneVille DAR is a United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner.

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