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Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inducts 20 new members, including 6 from World War II


CINCINNATI — Twenty new members were inducted Thursday to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, including six World War II veterans.

More than 500 people attended the ceremony presided over by Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor at the Lincoln Theater in Columbus. The World War II veterans, including one honored posthumously, and a Korean War veteran were among 17 men and three women inducted.

The inductions bring the hall total to 478.

The hall isn't based on military accomplishments but was created in 1992 to honor Ohio veterans for outstanding service to their communities after leaving the military.

"Whenever they hang up their uniforms and return to civilian life, the spirit of service instilled in them isn't hung up in the closet with their uniforms," said Tim Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. "That spirit of service, commitment and dedication prevails."

Brian Jarvis, the mayor of Beavercreek in southwestern Ohio, was one of the inductees.

"I just feel honored and humbled to be included with such an incredible group," said Jarvis, 59.

The Air Force veteran was described as an advocate for veterans and others in his community. He belongs to numerous organizations, including the Miami Valley Military Affairs Association, which educates the public about the military.

Inductees received medallions and plaques, and a bronze plaque with their names will be added to a permanent display at the Vern Riffe Building in Columbus.

A committee of veterans serves as adviser to the Hall of Fame and selects up to 20 inductees annually from nominations submitted by Ohioans.

Honorees have included astronauts, business leaders and others. The hall's charter members include the six veterans who were elected U.S. president and all of Ohio's Medal of Honor recipients.


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