Former U.S. Army major to speak at Ames Patriotic Council’s Veterans Day event

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

After last year's event was held remotely due to the pandemic, the Ames Patriotic Council's Veterans Day program will take place in-person Thursday at the Ames City Auditorium, located at 520 Sixth St.

The program will begin at 11 a.m., according to a news release from the organization. There will also be a livestream on the Patriot Council's Facebook page at facebook.com/amespatrioticcouncil and amespatrioticcouncil.org for people who want to attend the event remotely. A recording of the program will be available at these links in the days following the event, the news release said.

This year's featured speaker is former U.S. Army Major Daniel Oh, who was deployed in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, according to the release. During his 11 years as a military officer, he also served in Germany, Haiti and the U.S., and commanded two platoons and three companies.

Oh lives in Ames with his wife Lori and their four children, the release said.

The former officer received the Bronze Star and numerous medals, including those recognizing him as an infantryman and parachutist, the release said.

He is the president and CEO of AgCertain, a company engaged in "value-added agriculture," according to the release. He also owns and operates OEI, Inc., which invests in historic property restoration and development.

Oh was previously CEO of Renewable Energy Group, an international biodiesel and bioproducts company, the release said.

Thursday's program will be introduced by Ames Patriotic Council President Tim Gartin. The colors will be presented by the ISU Air Force ROTC Color Guard. Other speakers include Ames Mayor Pro Tem Amber Corrieri and Dave Rehbein, past national commander of American Legion Post #37.

Singer Jim DeHoet, the Heart of Iowa Senior Band led by Don Dobell and the Ames High School Concert Chorale will be performing, according to the release.

After the ceremony honoring veterans, the public is invited to a lunch served from noon to 1 p.m. by the American Legion at Post #37, located at 225 Main St.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.