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Veterans Day 2013
November 11, 2013
City Hall Rotunda - Cleveland Ohio

Joint Veterans Commission Of Cuyahoga County with Base Cleveland Veterans Committee, Cuyahoga Community College, and City of Cleveland shared in a commemoration of Veterans Day 2013 at Cleveland City Hall.

Color Guard at City Hall for Veterans Day

Color Guard

Color Guard at City Hall for Veterans Day


Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask welcomed the crowd to the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall for the celebration of Veterans Day 2013.

Martin Flask and Mayor Jackson

Martin Flask and Mayor Jackson


Director Flask then introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, a Vietnam veteran, who presented a proclamation to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House for Veterans.

Master of Ceremonies and Vietnam Combat Veteran Tom Sweeney said that never again will one generation turn its back on veterans.

Tom Sweeney

Tom Sweeney


He told of the Fisher House of Greater Cleveland which stepped in to help veterans when the government was shut down.

Soldiers and their families from across the nation are sent to the Louis B. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center for treatment of the physical and psychological wounds of war. But many of our wounded warriors cannot bring their wives, husbands, children or parents with them while they receive treatment because they cannot afford the cost of lodging while they get the care they so desperately need.

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House has committed to raising funds to build veterans and their families a home where they can stay at no cost while their loved ones get the help they need.

Rick DeChant, Executive Director of Veteran Services and Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, told how 24,000 returning veterans have attended Tri-C. 1 in 29 students has served or is serving. He thanked AT&T and other corporations for supporting this initiative in a ceremony in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall for the celebration of Veterans Day 2013.

Rick DeChant

Rick DeChant



The JVCOCC presented "In service to Veterans and Community Awards" as follows:

  • Citizen Honorees - John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin

    John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin

    John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin

    Ron Schwachenwald, Mayor Jackson and John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin and

    Ron Schwachenwald, Mayor Jackson
    and John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin
  • Media Honoree - Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer

    Brian Albrecht and Tom Sweeney

    Brian Albrecht and Tom Sweeney
  • Veteran Student Honoree - Alan Henry - Cuyahoga Community College

    Alan Henry

    Alan Henry

    Rick DeChant and Alan Henry

    Rick DeChant and Alan Henry
  • Veteran Honoree - John D. Cimperman

    John D. Cimperman

    John D. Cimperman

The Keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander U. S. Coast Guard Ninth District.

Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette

Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette


Rear Admiral Fred Midgette assumed duty as the Ninth Coast Guard District Commander in June 2013. He is the senior Coast Guard commander for the five Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, which includes 1,500 miles of international border. He leads 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women serving at 77 subordinate units and on the District staff. His previous assignment was as Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security where he supported the Secretary in affairs relating to the coordination and execution of policy and operations between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

He is a Coast Guard Cutterman, and a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer having served over 12 years afloat in seven Coast Guard Cutters and a Navy Destroyer. Prior assignments in the Great Lakes included duty as Chief of Staff of the Ninth Coast Guard District; Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of Detroit; and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter KATMAI BAY in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. He also served in a number of joint and liaison positions including tours on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon; with the legacy U.S. Customs Service; and as a liaison officer to U.S. Northern Command.

Rear Admiral Midgette is a native of Virginia Beach, VA and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Coast Guard Academy), a Masters of Science in Management (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (Naval War College).



Lisa Padro-Baire sang God Bless America in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Veterans Day 2013.

Lisa Padro-Baire

Lisa Padro-Baire



Commander Jeffrey S. Plummer, US Navy Chaplain, US Coast Guard Ninth District, gave the benediction in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall at the conclusion of Veterans Day 2013.

Commander Jeffrey S. Plummer and Mayor Frank Jackson

Commander Jeffrey S. Plummer and Mayor Frank Jackson



Enjoy these other images from Veterans Day 2013 in Cleveland City Hall.

Awardees with Mayor Jackson

Awardees with Mayor Jackson


Gold Star Mom on stage Eloise Golden - her son  Richard was killed in Vietanam

Gold Star Mom Eloise Golden
(her son Richard was killed in Vietnam)

Color Guard and Ray Saikus

Franklins, Color Guard, Cimperman and Ray Saikus


Ron Schwachenwald, president JVCOCC

Ron Schwachenwald, president JVCOCC


Commander Jeffrey S. Plummer, US Navy Chaplain, US Coast Guard Ninth District

Commander Jeffrey S. Plummer, US Navy Chaplain,
US Coast Guard Ninth District


Sgt. Ron Corvett (Marines 6 years  Vietnam) Sgt. Jan Sroka (Marine 4 yrs VietNam)

Sgt. Ron Corvett (Marines 6 years Vietnam) and
Sgt. Jan Sroka (Marine 4 yrs Vietnam)

Corvett said " "When we came back we were pooped on. People took it out on the warriors not the politicians. We were afraid to wear our uniforms."


Lt. Davey Connor, US Coast Guard Publicity Office

Lt. Davey Connor, US Coast Guard Publicity Office


Susan Feuhrer, Medical Center Director VA, Peg Mason, Cleveland VA

Susan Feuhrer, Medical Center Director VA,
and Peg Mason, Cleveland VA


Petty Officers Bellon and Lucas

Petty Officers Bellon and Lucas


John Cimperman, Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander Jeffrey Plummer and Tom Sweeney

John D. Cimperman, Rear Admiral Fred Midgette,
Commander Jeffrey Plummer and Tom Sweeney


Ray Saikus and Tom Sweeney

Ray Saikus and Tom Sweeney


Wardsey Gates, Program Director CCC Veterans Upward Bound, Alan Henry and Rick DeChant, CCC Veterans Inititative

Wardsey Gates, Program Director CCC Veterans Upward Bound,
Alan Henry and Rick DeChant, CCC Veterans Inititative


Molly Carlin, President of Cleveland American Veterans Association, Lucy Stickan, Senator Rob Portmanís Office, Judge Pamela Barker, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas,

Molly Carlin, President of Cleveland American Veterans Association, Lucy Stickan, Senator Rob Portmanís Office, Judge Pamela Barker, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and Peggy Mason, Cleve. Am. Veterans Association


Alan henry and Ron Schwachenwald

Alan Henry and Ron Schwachenwald


John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin

John H. And Elizabeth W. Franklin


Veterans Day Honorees and Speakers

Cleveland Veterans Day Honorees and Speakers




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