Unforgettable Service

20 New Inductees In The Ohio Veterans Hall Of Fame


Sean Nickol, Staff Writer

In 2019, The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame honored 20 new veterans. The new members were inducted on Thursday, November 7. The ceremony took place at the Radiant Life Church in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, according to US News. Gov. Mike DeWine and the Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Deborah Ashenhurst, honored the class with medals.

The annual ceremony dates back to 1992 when former Republican, Gov. George Voinovich, established the Hall of Fame to recognize the service the veterans have done. Since it has begun, 875 Ohio veterans have been inducted. The honorees include astronauts, volunteers, community leaders, veteran advocates, and former government officials, all who’ve served the community in some way. 

Two of the 2019 class inductees’ include Air Force Veteran J. Lori Stone and United States Army and Marine Corps Veteran Richard T. Baldwin, according to  WFMJ News. Only 20 out of 145 nominees were chosen for Thursday’s event. Fellow inductees include, both Joseph E. Benedict Jr. and Jon C. Bennehoof for their service in the Navy, and Alvin E. Burzynski for his service in the Army. 8 of the veterans who made it were Army, 5 Navy, 2 in the Marines, and 5 within the Air Force. 

Monday, November 11, was another day for celebrating and remembering these veterans as well as the veterans all around the nation for the time they’ve put in to protect and serve our country. ‘’And that is what I celebrate on Veterans Day: the support of America and the incredible network of veterans both young and old—the people who raised their right hands and voluntarily committed their service to our country to ensure that it is safe and successful,” said Army veteran, Amy Daschle. She wrote on The Muse about why Veterans Day is special to her.

Their service does get noticed, and that’s why there were 20 new inductees into the Veterans Hall of Fame on November 7.