Ottoville Schools hosted local veterans Friday for a special program and lunch. Enjoying a meal with their are, from left, Otto Wenzlick, Hannah Wenzlick, Avery Wenzlick and Rudy Wenzlick. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Ottoville Schools hosted local veterans Friday for a special program and lunch. Enjoying a meal with their are, from left, Otto Wenzlick, Hannah Wenzlick, Avery Wenzlick and Rudy Wenzlick. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
OTTOVILLE — A dozen local veterans were honored by students, staff and faculty at Ottoville Local Schools Friday.

The eighth annual program was led by High School Principal Jon Thorbahn with students lending their touch on the event.

Ottoville VFW Post Commander Otto Wenzlick was honored for being named the 2019 Putnam County Veteran of the Year last month. Wenzlick has been the commander of the local VFW Post for 20 years.

Boy Scouts Kyle Looser, Cayden Burgei and Michael Steffan folded an American flag while Halle Landin provided the explanation for each fold.

Eli Knodell explained what a veteran is and Thorbahn gave flag etiquette tips and explained why and when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff.

Thorbahn shared that flags are flown at half-staff once they are raised fully from sunrise to sunset on May 15 for Peace Officer’s Memorial Day; on the last Monday of May for Memorial Day from sunrise to noon; on Sept. 11 (Patriot Day) from sunrise to sunset; on National Firefighters Memorial Day in October; and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7 from sunrise to sunset. The president can also request flags be flown at half-staff.

For Army Scott Crossgrove (2001-07), Veteran’s Day is one of remembrance.

“Veterans Day is a time to look back on those I served with, those who came home with me and those who did not,” Crossgrove explained. “Jon and Scott [Mangas] do an outstanding job for veterand and I appreciate it so much.”

Crossgrove and Jerry Eickholt won the raffle for wooden plaques with the American flag engraved in them by Denny Hickey.

Veterans enjoyed lunch with students after the program.