GALLIPOLIS — South Gallia High School is honoring veterans with a flag folding ceremony and free dinner this morning (Friday).
The event starts at 10 a.m. and the community will gather at South Gallia to honor veterans who offered the sacrifice of service in the military.
The tradition goes back 15 years according to Jeff Fowler, coordinator for the event. David Pope will be leading FFA students in a special flag folding ceremony highlighting the service of veterans and those who gave their lives.
Jim Cozza will be the speaker for the event, a retired full colonel in the air force. He spent 27 years in service in several fields including tactical and strategic aerial reconnaissance. His wife Christine Cozza will also be speaking at the ceremony, having served nine years active duty with the Air Force and two years in the reserve. She retired as a major.
The meal will be prepared by FCCLA students at South Gallia, which is offered free of charge to veterans, the event is open to the public.
The free meal and ceremony are sponsored by US Bank.
“We want to thank US Bank for sponsoring this,” said Jeff Fowler. “It’s a big help to us to honor our vets.”
According to Jason Booher, branch manager at the Silver Bridge Plaza Branch, US Bank is proud to support vets and the local community. Through the bank’s “Proud to Serve” program, they employ over 2,000 veterans including National Guard and Reserve members of the armed forces. Part of their support of veterans is through supporting local programs like South Gallia’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony to honor vets.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.