COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Defense Supply Center Columbus associates took part in the annual Central Ohio Veterans Day Parade Nov. 8 to kick off a weekend of festivities honoring our nation’s veterans. The theme of this year’s celebration, The Greatest Generation, recognized World War II veterans and included several World War II-era floats and displays.
The annual event draws representatives together from military and government entities across the region to show support for the nation’s military. Navy Capt. Jeffrey Schmidt joined guests on the reviewing stand as the senior Defense Supply Center Columbus representative. Schmidt oversees the Maritime Supplier Operations directorate at DSCC’s Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime headquarters. In this capacity, he leads a team of 650 associates responsible for 1.7 million items that support the operating forces of the U.S. military.
Parade highlights included performances and displays from local school bands, law enforcement, military units, Reserve Officer Training Corps units, community groups and veterans organizations. The 179th Air Wing from Mansfield, Ohio, kicked off the parade with a C-130 flyover. Military vehicles and patriotic floats were on full display, including an operational 1945 Sherman Tank that served as lead vehicle in front of the parade’s Grand Marshalls – a busload of World War II veterans. The tank was provided by the Allen County
Museum and Historical Society along with support from the Liberty Aviation Museum and several Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars charities.
The free, public parade was sponsored by the Military/Veterans Educational Foundation – commonly known as MilVets. As is tradition, the final float to conclude the parade was hosted by the U.S. Marines collecting donations toward Toys for Tots.