Lakewood to Honor Veterans on November 11th at Lakewood ParkNovember 08, 2016
The City of Lakewood’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue. Lakewood’s annual Veterans Day observance is a tribute to the men and women who served our country in the armed forces.
Lakewood’s Veterans Day program will begin with the Presentation of Colors followed by the singing of the National Anthem by The Four Vet Quartet.
This year’s keynote speaker is Denis Nowacki. Denis Nowacki was born in Passaic, NJ in 1949 and was raised by his parents, Adolph & Nellie, along with his older brother in Clifton, NJ. He graduated from Clifton High School after having tied or surpassed 12 school athletic records. He subsequently attended John Carroll University becoming heavily involved in the ROTC program and eventually winning one of two full ROTC scholarships awarded to his class. His activities included wrestling, intramural sports, the Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade, AUSA, and class skits.
After receiving his honorable discharge from the Army in 1972, he joined the workforce and has held a variety of positions, including a stint as a high school wrestling coach. He has been active in the Alhambra, Knights of Columbus, the Cleveland Grays, the Ghost Rider Foundation and a variety of CYO and Little League coaching positions. He has also co-founded two 501(C)(3) charities: The Andy Nowacki Foundation and Pedal For Heroes. He has received numerous awards for his charitable and community endeavors.
He currently serves has a member of a Lake County United Way Evaluation & Investment Committee, treasurer and board member of the Lake & Geauga Area Association of Realtors, and administrator of the Andy Nowacki Foundation. Denis lives in Painesville Township with his wife of 44 years, Sheila. They have two living sons, Nate and Pete, and one deceased, Andy, who gave his life while protecting a convoy in Iraq.
Other highlights of this year’s program include performances by the Lakewood High School Band, The Four Vet Quartet and a 21-gun salute by the Joint Veterans Honor Guard. The Veterans Day Ceremony is free and open to the public. Following the ceremony, coffee and doughnuts will be offered in the Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park.