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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Veteran's Day Celebration a Success in Fort Thomas

Presentation of Colors: Boy Scout STEM Troop 437
National Anthem: Amy Brown
Prayer: Jeremy Shannon, First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas
Dramatic Reading: During The Great War, now known as WWI, Fort Thomas was a major recruiting station, inducting as many as 3000 young men per week in the Spring of 1918.

In collaboration with history and drama students at Highlands High School, the Fort Thomas Museum staff has created a dramatic reading of letter excerpts from its collection

Located at 18 N. Fort Thomas Ave. 
Readers: Madison Burnett, Grant Sower, Braxton Broering, Carter Bechtol, Liam Pergrem. 

Guest Speaker: Colonel Greg Sarakatsannis*, introduced by Councilman, Captain John Slawter.

Proclamations: Lonnie Slone, William F. Kuyper.

Sealing of the Charters of Freedom time capsule.

Thanks: Elizabeth Allegrini and Adam Blau for refreshments. Mike Hils and Deanna Beineke for their assistance with the dramatic reading.

*Colonel Greg Sarakatsannis retired from the US Air Force in 2015 after 23 years of active duty service. His career spanned eleven assignments including four overseas tours split between Europe and Korea. During his career he served as a Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Fighter Squadron Commander, F-16 Instructor Pilot and Evaluator, and Aircraft Maintenance Officer.

Colonel Sarakatsannis is a Command Pilot with more than 2,500 military flight hours, including 84 combat missions over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. He also spent five months in Baghdad, Iraq, as an Advisor to the Iraqi Air Force.

Following graduation from Highlands High School in 1988, Greg entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1992 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. During the course of his military career he earned three Master’s degrees.

Greg is now an Airline Pilot based in Cincinnati. He and his wife have three children and reside in Fort Thomas.

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