Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died. Later, the idea was expanded to honor all Americans who died while serving.
The services include:
A service sponsored by the Joint Veterans Council will start at 11 a.m. Monday at the Danville National Cemetery. The Marine League is in charge of this year’s cemetery.
With this being the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, he said, the focus will be on those veterans. Korean War veteran Dennis Turner will read the Gettysburg Address and David Thornsborough will read the 11th General Order.
Also, the Patriot Riders and American Legion Freedom Riders will be there with their motorcycles.
The event will begin with a parade of colors at 10:45 a.m., and Jay Schroeder will fly a plane over the cemetery. Musical selections will be by Jeff and Lynn Palmer,
Tom Barrett will give the welcome and serve as master of ceremonies. Randy Shields, chaplain with the Marine Corps League, will give the invocation and benediction. Gary Reaktenwalt will give the Pledge of Allegiance, assisted by Stacy Witsman and Ryan Bloomfield.
Kelly Hazel will sing the National Anthem, and Melvin Cornell will sing a number.
The keynote address will be given by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, District 15, who also is a retired lieutenant colonel with the Army Reserve. He will be introduced by Robert Fox, past commander of American Legion Post 210.
Then, several groups will place wreaths, including: American Gold Star Mothers, Korean War veterans, Marine Corps League, American Legion Post 210 and auxiliary, American Legion District 18 auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 728 and auxiliary, women’s Ex-POW Illiana Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and War Dads Auxiliary 61.
Other groups and individuals are invited to place wreaths on graves.
The rifle team, made up of a veteran group and the Civil War Historical Society, will give a salute to the deceased. Taps will be played by Bob Firschkorn with the Marine Corps League.
A Memorial Day Mass open to the community will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 818 Wendt.
980 WITY Radio will present Danville High School’s 17th annual Salute to Veterans Concert at 9:05 a.m. Monday.
The concert was recorded May 16 in Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. New this year, a video recording of the concert will be available after Memorial Day online at http://www.wityradio.com. With questions, call director Andrew Dudich at WITY at 446-1312.
The Kennekuk Road Runners will have their 29th annual Memorial Day Run & Walk on Monday at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, 1900 E. Main St. Race day registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Once participants enter the campus, there will be signs to direct them.
Kennekuk Road Runners will donate all proceeds from the event to the VA for veterans. Usually about 250-300 runners/walkers participate.
The Charles Forrest American Legion Post 288 will hold the following events:
Memorial Day service — 11 a.m. EDT today at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hillsboro, Ind.
Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast — 7-9:30 a.m. EDT Monday at the Veedersburg City Building, 100 S. Main St.
Memorial Day service — 10 a.m. EDT Monday at the Veedersburg War Memorial Park. The Fountain County War Museum will be open for tours.
The American Legion Post 263 will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. EDT Monday at the post. The Ladies Auxiliary will have finger foods available after the ceremony.
The Tilton Historical Society is selling flags for Memorial Day. Flags, which are $5 each, will be placed along Fifth Street.
To purchase a flag, call Phyllis Rice at 446-3804 or Tom Hendricks at 443-5826. Flags may also be purchased from 1-3 p.m. today at the Tilton Historical Society, 201 W. Fifth St.
American Legion Post 203 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument.