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OVH to celebrate 125th anniversary

Alissa Widman Neese • Nov 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Coping with wounds, diseases and other ailments, many had nowhere to turn — until a dedicated committee led by a Sandusky man aggressively petitioned to place the home at the Perkins Township site.

Almost 125 years have passed since that day, but the home’s mission has remained constant: to serve those who have served our nation and provide vital longterm care.

The Ohio Veterans Home’s leaders are celebrating a milestone year on Tuesday — the exact date of the home’s 125th anniversary — with a community celebration at 2 p.m. Anyone can attend. It’s free and includes refreshments.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Ohio Veterans Home 125th anniversary celebration

• WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesday

• WHERE: Veterans Hall Great Room, 3416 Columbus Ave.

• TO RSVP: call Kimberly Lewallen at 419-625-2454, ext. 1216, or email kimberly.lewallen@dvs.ohio.gov. Anyone can attend.

“Most people don’t realize what the home is until they walk inside,” said Kim Lewallen, a volunteer coordinator at the home. “The outside doesn’t really tell the story of who and what we are.”

The anniversary celebration will kick off with a brief presentation on the history of the home, as well as commentary and presentation of the colors from Ohio Veterans Home residents. Guests can then tour the facility, including its museum and newly renovated cemetery.

The event will conclude with an entertaining presentation from a hypnotist.

Several informational tables will also be available throughout the facility Tuesday for anyone interested in learning more about the Ohio Veterans Home’s rich history.

“We’re encouraging everyone to come out and learn something,” said Naomi Twine, an administrative assistant at the home. “But most of all we want to provide our residents and any veterans an opportunity to be part of the celebration.”

Stein Hospice and the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Advisory Committee coordinated much of Tuesday’s event, titled “125 Years of ‘Serving Those Who Served.’”


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