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October 2010

What’s New · Honoring Our Veterans

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The immeasurable debt we owe to our veterans is remembered yearly on November 11. To mark the occasion, George Cordrey, a World War II Marine Corps veteran, will present the keynote remarks (“Lest They Be Forgotten”) for the 56th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration.

Thursday, November 11
10:45 a.m.
Main Library Atrium

Sheriff Leis’ Bagpipe and Drum Corps will open the ceremony by playing as they march through the Atrium, and the Walnut Hills High School Choir will perform a medley of patriotic songs. The program will also feature a presentation of memorial wreaths by veterans groups as well as the lighting of the Flame of Remembrance. Members of the Cincinnati Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution will present our nation’s colors. The ceremony will conclude with World War II Navy veteran Ted Gardner singing Taps a cappella followed by two trumpeters playing echo Taps. All are invited to attend this free program honoring our nation’s veterans.

About George Cordrey

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One-third of the approximately 19,000 Marines killed in action during World War II died during the Battle of Iwo Jima, an 8-square-mile island about 750 miles south of Japan. Mr. Cordrey, a veteran of that bloody campaign, was in the Fourth Marine Division, which set new records in February 1944 on its first operation—the battle of the twin islands of Roi - Namur in the Marshall Islands. The “Fighting Fourth” was the first division to go directly into combat from the U.S. and the first to capture Japanese mandated territory. One year later Buck Sergeant Cordrey was part of a pioneer battalion charged with getting supplies ashore and distributed on Iwo Jima. Mr. Cordrey lives in Green Township.

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project is an outgrowth of a partnership the Library established with the Library of Congress to collect and archive oral histories from military veterans. On our Veterans History website you’ll find video interviews with local veterans, documents, and photographs. These accounts and documents offer a fascinating chronicle of military life and record the sacrifice and valor of the men and women who served our country. The Library is proud to be a part of this important national endeavor and to serve as an archive for the stories and memorabilia of local veterans.

Related Reading

The Library’s collection contains a wide variety of resources for military families and veterans, as well as many titles about U.S. and foreign wars. Here’s a sample.