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Ohio Northern University to hold ceremony on Veterans Day

Oct 27, 2014

Ohio Northern University will celebrate the contributions of American service members with a ceremony on Veterans Day at the Lehr Statue in the front of the campus on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

DeBow Freed, ONU president emeritus and a West Point graduate who spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Freed graduated from West Point in three years at age 20 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He served overseas for seven years in Japan, Germany, Iran, Korea and Vietnam. While overseas, he had troop duty in the 1st, 7th, and 25th Army divisions. He was aide to the commander of the 17th Airborne Division in the U.S. and to the head of the U.S. Advisory Mission to Iran and the Middle East. He was chief of the nuclear branch of the Defense Atomic Support Agency and chief of the plans branch of the U.S. Army.

ONU President Daniel DiBiasio and Ada Mayor David Retterer will also give remarks and conduct a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate fallen veterans. The University Singers will perform the National Anthem and “A Mighty Fortress is my God,” and members of the Ada VFW Post 9381 will present the colors.

Following the program, all veterans and their families are invited to a luncheon at the Ada VFW, sponsored by both the Office of the President at ONU and the Ada VFW. The luncheon will begin at noon, and transportation will be provided to ONU veterans who do not have rides, leaving from the Lehr/Hill parking lot immediately following the ceremony. All veterans are asked to RSVP by Nov. 7 and individuals can contact Ann Donnelly Hamilton at or by calling 419-772-1022.

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