Veterans Day ceremony in Amherst honors brave sacrifices

Hundreds gather every year in a parking lot on Park Avenue to honor veterans in Amherst.

A focal point is a veterans mural covering an exterior wall of a building.

Amherst artist Mike Sekletar holds an original copy of LIFE magazine during the 2015 Veterans Day Tribute Ceremony and Mural Dedication in Amherst. (photos by Carol Harper)

Conceptualized and painted by Amherst artist Mike Sekletar and others who helped him, the mural depicts scenes of veterans of major wars. The emotions conjured are moving.

The most recent mural features portraits of Lorain County service members who died during combat in the Gulf region.

The annual ceremony moves attendees to tears as they honor brave sacrifices. Traditions include playing of taps, a veterans motorcycle group, flags and speeches. And planes fly over, often piloted by volunteers.


Every year the service begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

Just visiting Amherst is an experience. It’s a small, quaint city off Route 2 with a bustling downtown of restaurants and shops. So after the ceremony, spend an afternoon to explore.

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