By JIM MAURER
A “Welcome Home” celebration for Vietnam War veterans is being planned by the Hancock County Veterans Council in cooperation with 15-20 organizations which provide veterans assistance.
Bill Johns, council president, is seeking donations for the Sept. 23 event, which will include a parade, a service at the War Memorial on North Main Street, and possibly a dinner and dance. There will be a memorial service for military veterans who did not return from the conflict.
In discussions with the Hancock County commissioners Thursday, Johns said 27 county residents were either killed or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
A letter will be sent to area businesses seeking donations. The goal is $10,000 for the event and Johns said he has already secured several thousand dollars.
“Our goal is to show the veterans from this trying time in our world that what they sacrificed was not in vain and we do appreciate them beyond measure,” he read from the letter. “Unfortunately, in order to do this properly, there will definitely be expenses involved.”
The commissioners offered use of vacant property just north of the Main Street bridge as a staging area for vehicles during the event.
Johns can be contacted at 419-721-7275 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Separately, the commissioners approved a change order for Garlock Brothers Construction for renovations to create an additional storage area at the Hancock County Agricultural Services building on Hancock County 140. With the change, the contract is for about $7,647. Commissioner Tim Bechtol abstained because he had prior involvement in the design plan when he worked as an architect for Peterman Associates.
Separately, a public hearing will be held at 11 a.m. June 27 on an annexation request by Kristen M. Hoffman for property at 3974 Ohio 613 in Pleasant Township. She wants to annex into the village of McComb.