LOGAN — The Hocking County Combined Veterans Parade Committee has finalized the plans for the Veterans Day services that are scheduled for Sunday. This year’s parade theme is the 100th Anniversary of the Ending of WWI — celebrating those who served in World War I and those who lost their lives.
The services will begin at 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 in Worthington Park with opening comments by Ron Janey, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran; opening and closing prayer presented by Kyle McDaniel; Pledge of Allegiance by the Daisy-Brownie Troop 8755; Tom Gordan and Dale Howdyshell will lay the wreath at the base of the flagpole; Jesse Russell will perform “Proud to be an American” and “God Bless America”; and Brian Breining, Technical Sergeant, United State Air Force retired, will be the honored guest speaker.
Breining was born and raised in Logan; married to Susan C. Breining, and has two children, Sara and Marcus. He coached football for Logan High School for 18 seasons; baseball for five seasons; finance officer for the Lawrence Neal Helber American Legion Post 78; and formerly employed with the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.
Currently employed with the Logan Police Department, Breining was formerly assigned to 121st Security Forces Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB; 50th Security Forces Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base; 15th Security Forces Squadron, Hickam AFB; 343rd Training Squadron, Instructor, Lackland AFB; 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and
64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Eskan Village Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
His decorated medals received include Air Force Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Medal with Bronze Star Device; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon w/ Gold Border and one Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Longevity Service Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device and Hourglass Device.
Breining also received several awards including the 121 Air Refueling Wing, NCO of the quarter; and was a participant in AMC Rodeo, finishing 15th out of 90 Worldwide Teams.
He also was one of 50 hand-selected Airmen as Augmentee Instructor at 343rd Training Squadron, Lackland AFB.
Phillip Lightfoot will read a letter from a Logan resident, Private John Keller to Ada Wrighsel. Keller was stationed in Bordeaux, France at the time the letter was written on Nov. 11, 1918.
Taps will be played as the Hocking County Honor Guard fires a volley of three.
The Veterans Day Parade — 100th Anniversary of the Ending of WWI — will commence at 3 p.m., Sunday from the Hocking County Job & Family Services parking lot at West Front Street and Gallagher Avenue. Parade lineup is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; the parade will travel on Gallagher Avenue, then east on Main Street and end at Tansky Motors.
Anyone planning to participate in the parade should contact the committee in order to be assigned a position in the parade. It is important to tell the committee the number of spaces needed and the length of the floats or large vehicles. Churches, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Veteran’s organizations, families or other groups are encouraged to participate in the parade, either with a float or by marching. Contact Lightfoot at 740-603-3758.
Floats must be at least five by eight feet in size. Floats should relate to the theme of the parade. Judging of the floats will be from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.
There will be three prizes awarded to floats in the parade, $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.
The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will provide a dinner following the parade at the AMVETS Post 1776; free to veterans and immediate families.