Honoring Veterans and Active Military

The City of Mason is proud to remember the men and women who served our country in the Armed Forces. The Mason Veterans Memorial provides community members and visitors the opportunity to pay tribute to our Nation’s military heroes. The Mason Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Saturday, November 8, 2003.  Learn more about the Mason Veterans Memorial and its features here.

2023 represents the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Mason Veterans Memorial. To honor this landmark and its significance to the community, the City of Mason is investing in substantial improvements to the Memorial. This work includes new landscaping, lighting, concrete, replacement of memorial bricks, the addition of the Space Force monument stone as well as a new Gold Star Families Memorial and Purple Heart Memorial along with reflection benches. The City of Mason and the Mason Veterans Board of Affairs are excited to showcase these renovations to the public on Veterans Day 2023.

In addition to improvements to commemorate the Mason Veterans Memorial 20th anniversary, the City will be offering various events and activities throughout 2023 to honor our Nation’s veterans and active military.

As part of the continued celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Mason Veterans Memorial, the City of Mason is hosting a FREE patriotic concert featuring the Southwest Ohio Philharmonic! The concert will take place on Friday, September 29 beginning at 6 p.m. at Corwin M. Nixon Park located at 6249 Mason Montgomery Road.

Enjoy some of the most classic songs throughout American history such as America the Beautiful, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and more! The concert will feature a vocal performance by Michael Williams, a Mason resident and recent contestant on American Idol. The Southwest Ohio Philharmonic will be conducted by Michael Chertock.

Community members are welcome to come early beginning at 5 p.m. to enjoy various food trucks, refreshments provided by the American Legion Post 194, as well as a performance by the Northern Cincinnati Youth Orchestra from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Gather your lawn chair and blanket for a memorable evening! The event is free and open to the public. There will be plenty of parking available at Corwin M. Nixon Park and the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place inside the Mason Middle School Auditorium located at 6370 Mason Montgomery Road.

Mason Veterans Memorial 20th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony

Save the date! The City of Mason welcomes the public to attend the Mason Veterans Memorial Rededication Ceremony on Saturday, November 11 in honor of the Memorial’s 20th anniversary. The Rededication Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. near the Mason Veterans Memorial located on the south lawn of the Mason Municipal Center at 6000 Mason Montgomery Road. In the event of inclement weather, the Rededication Ceremony will take place inside the Mason Municipal Center.

The Rededication Ceremony is being held in partnership with the American Legion Post 194 and the VFW Post 9622 and will honor the traditions of the annual Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion. In addition to the traditional ceremony, the program will feature two keynote speakers, Eric Armstrong, son of American Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the keynote speaker at the original dedication of the Mason Veterans Memorial in November 2003. In addition, the program will also feature keynote speaker Shiloh Harris, a US Army veteran that served in the Iraqi War. Shiloh will share his inspirational story of overcoming devastating injuries and how his experience shifted his perspective on life.

In addition to these special guests, the program will include the public unveiling of the new enhancements at the Mason Veterans Memorial including a Purple Heart Memorial and Gold Star Families Memorial. The community will have the opportunity to explore all of the improvements and enhancements done to the Mason Veterans Memorial in honor of its 20th anniversary. As part of the ceremony, the community will enjoy patriotic music by the Mason Symphony Orchestra as well as a patriotic skydiving exhibit by Team Fastrax.

The event will open to the public at 10 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 11 a.m. For questions regarding the ceremony, please contact City Administration at 513.229.8500.

The City of Mason, in partnership with the American Legion Post 194 and the VFW Post 9622 have developed the military banner and yard sign program to honor Mason’s veterans and active military. If you have a family member or friend who is a veteran or in active military, purchasing a street banner or yard sign to display during patriotic holidays is a great way to honor their service to the country.  The military street banners are placed by the City along major thoroughfares in Mason and yard signs provide a more personal acknowledgement for family and friends.

This program is intended to honor military members who currently reside in Mason, resided in Mason during their military service and call Mason their hometown or are an immediate family member of a current Mason resident. Individuals serving or those who have served in any of the six branches of military service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force) including Reserves and National Guard and must meet the following conditions:

  • Currently be active duty
  • Be an honorably discharged veteran
  • Died in the line of duty

Interested in honoring a Mason Veteran or Active military member?  Click here for the Veteran and Active Military Banner and Yard Sign Program Application. American Legion, VFW and DAV members receive ½ off the purchase price of these banners.

Questions or details regarding the program, please contact John Looker at the American Legion Post 194 by phone at 513.290.4511 or by email at jclooker1@gmail.com.

The Commemorative Memorial Brick Program at the Mason Veterans Memorial provides an opportunity for veterans or community members to leave their legacy. These lasting tributes are a special way to honor the men and women who have served our country and are displayed at the Mason Veterans Memorial located at 6000 Mason Montgomery Road

Click here to access the Commemorative Brick Program application.

As part of the renovations taking place at the Mason Veterans Memorial as part of the 20th anniversary, the City of Mason is currently developing a program designed to honor the deep gratitude for military members who passed away while serving in a time of conflict through the Gold Star Family Memorial Stone Program. These stones will be featured as part of the Gold Star Family Memorial which will be debuted to the public on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

The City of Mason is proud to remember the men and women who served our country in the armed forces. Please visit the app store on your phone, iPad, or tablet to download the Mason Veterans Memorial App and find the location of your brick paver.