State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) recently attended the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where he presented a House commendation to inductee Carlos Easterday.


Easterday, a resident of Pleasant City in Noble County, is a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean War. After his return from Army service during the war, he and his wife, Donna, initiated an annual community-wide dinner on Christmas Day to provide support and hope for those less fortunate. The “Friends Serving Friends Free Community Christmas Day Dinner” today serves 300 meals every year and delivers an additional 300 dinners to homes within the community.


In addition, Easterday ensures that flags are placed on the graves of veterans in the area and recruits the assistance of local teenagers to honor these service members.


Easterday is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8040, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 625, where he is a past commander.


"I was honored to share this memorable occasion with the Easterday family,” said Rep. Thompson. “Mr. Easterday's heroic service on the battlefield and his humanitarian efforts in his community clearly merit this prestigious recognition. His love of country and his fellow man continues to be on display even at his advancing age. May God bless him and his family for their many sacrifices.”


Easterday is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8040, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 625, where he is a past commander.


Easterday was one of 15 individuals who were inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 7th. Governor John Kasich and Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services Tim Gorrell conducted the induction ceremony.

 
 
 
  
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