War Memorial Foundation hosting Veterans Day fundraiser

By Ryan Ottney

October 25, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

LUCASVILLE — The Southern Ohio War Memorial Foundation is hosting a special Veterans Day service in Portsmouth next month to raise money for their memorial project on U.S. 23 in Lucasville.

Kevin Zornes, of the War Memorial Foundation, said there will celebration on Nov. 7 at the American Legion Post 471 in Portsmouth with guest speaker SFC Greg Stube (retired). Zornes said Stube spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, including 19 years in Special Forces, and fought and was injured in the Battle of Sperwan Ghar, in Afghanistan, in 2006.

“There was approximately 30 Special Forces soldiers that went up against a thousand or more Taliban, and the Special Forces operators were able to win that battle. They had the high ground and they were able to defeat the Taliban and hold off. Unfortunately, Sgt. Stube was gravely wounded in that battle. He did survive — he was not expected to survive — he was in a humvee that was hit by an improvised explosive device,” Zornes said.

The explosion lodged a one-pound piece of shrapnel in Stube’s hip and pelvic region, and he endured two-years of recovery. Now he has his television show on the Sportsman’s Channel called “Coming Home Now,” and he’s an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and he spoke at the 2008 NRA convention.

“His speech focuses on really serving your country and how important it is for people to take care of veterans,” Zornes said.

Tickets for the celebration are $10, and can be purchased by calling 740-259-0007. There are a limited number of tickets available, while they last.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to assist the foundation with constructing their Southern Ohio War Memorial on U.S. 23 in Lucasville. Zornes said the memorial is located near Fairground Road, and will be similar to the memorial in Greenup, Ky. The memorial will cost about $750,000, he said.

“The main focus is just to honor and pay respect to those who paid the ultimate price in the county area here in southern Ohio. There’s also going to be a marble display and they are in the process of going through the application to obtain some static displays of military equipment. Maybe a jet, tank, things like that,” Zornes said.

The foundation is also selling memorial bricks at the war memorial, and Zornes said a portion of all sales, with a promotional flyer, at Bob Evans in Portsmouth and New Boston between Nov. 1-12 will be donated to the Southern Ohio War Memorial. The flyer is available on the Southern Ohio War Memorial Facebook page, or by calling 740-259-0007.

The foundation has applied for non-profit tax status, and is currently awaiting a response.

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

Ryan Scott Ottney may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.