Cleveland observes Veterans Day with City Hall program

November 9, 2017 GMT

Cleveland observes Veterans Day with City Hall program

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The city of Cleveland will officially observe Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, with a ceremony at City Hall and the fourth annual downtown parade honoring veterans of the armed forces.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. in the City Hall rotunda, 601 Lakeside Ave., with speakers including Mayor Frank Jackson and broadcaster and Marine Corps veteran Larry Morrow.

The parade, at 12:30 p.m., will start and end at City Hall.

The strong U.S. Marine Corps presence in this year’s observance recognizes the Corps’ 242nd birthday, traditionally celebrated on Nov. 10, according to organizers.

Honorees are Greg White, a Marine combat veteran of the war in Vietnam; Laura Oluich, the Cuyahoga Community College 2017 Student Veteran of the Year, who served in the Marines from 2006 to 2011, primarily as a language analyst; and Sarah J. Mendez Ruiz, a Guatemala native and civilian who has served in a support role for the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines in Brook Park since her brother, David, a Marine serving in Iraq, was killed by an improvised explosive device in 2005.

White served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 in 16 combat operations, according to the Veterans Day organizers. He was Lorain County’s elected prosecutor, 1981-2003; appointed U.S. Attorney for Ohio’s Northern district, 2003-2008, and was an appointed federal magistrate judge until 2016. He is now Cleveland’s consent-decree coordinator, making sure the city abides by its policing agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.