POMEROY — United States Air Force Colonel John M. Morris, a native of Meigs County, will be the grand marshal and speaker at the fourth annual Veterans Appreciation, POW/MIA Remembrance, and 911 Responders Day to be observed on Sept. 8 in Pomeroy.
Morris, a career officer in the United States Air Force with over 27 years of military service, was born and raised in Rutland and graduated from Meigs High School in 1981 and from Ohio University in June 1985. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force through Detachment 650, Air Force Reserve Office Training Corps, at Ohio University. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ohio University and Troy State University respectively. He has also completed several advanced military education and training courses.
Morris, who has been the recipient of awards and decorations including four meritorious service medals and the Bronze Star Medal, currently serves as the director of communications and information at March Air Force Base in California.
He is the son of Carl and Janet Morris of Rutland, and currently resides with his wife, Josie, a licensed vocational nurse, and two daughters, Michelle, a senior a the University of California-Riverside, and Sarah, a senior a Paloma Valley High School, in Menifee, Calif.
The Appreciation Day observance, sponsored by Drew Webster Post 39, American Legion, will kick off at 10 a.m with a parade through downtown Pomeroy. It will be followed by a flag raising, speakers, recognition of special guests, music by the River City Players , a 21-gun salute, and the laying of a memorial wreath in the Ohio River.
On the parking lot for viewing will be both military and civilian displays, along with booths providing information on veterans services.
The Legion is inviting all veterans associations, local bands, fire units, military units, Boy and Girl Scouts and individual units honoring a family or other member of the service to participate in the parade. Political units are not invited to participate in this event.