A public ceremony will be held next week at the London Post Office where it will be officially re-named as the London Fallen Veterans Memorial Post Office.
The dedication ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at the post office, 25 S. Oak St., London.
The event is free and open to the public.
The re-naming honors the fallen veterans from the City of London and Madison County.
It will be attended by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington), U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sam Jaudon, Ohio Valley district manager for the United States Post Office, according to a release from the USPS.
The designation has been more than one year in the making.
Legislation to re-name the post office was introduced in the House of Representatives by Stivers, who represents Madison County as part of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
The house passed the legislation by a voice vote in June 2014 and the senate in December 2014. It was signed into law Dec. 16, 2014 by the president.
Stivers’ original resolution sought to name the post office in memory of London native Lance Corporal Josh McDaniels, who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2011. But the proposed Lance Corporal Joshua B. McDaniels and Veterans Memorial Post Office Building drew protests from other veterans and military survivors who felt slighted by memorial efforts that singled McDaniels.
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