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May 23, 2013

Local Memorial Day events set

The following are scheduled Memorial Day services in the area:


Goshen Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have several Memorial Day events planned, including a parade Monday.

The events start with a service at the Rogers Park footbridge at 8:45 a.m. A wreath is thrown into the Elkhart River as a tribute to the Navy.

From there, another brief service will take place at the War Memorial at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen at 9 a.m.

The parade will form up starting at 9:30 a.m. at Fifth and Jefferson streets in front of the Goshen Police & Courts Building. The parade will kick off at 10:15 a.m. and will proceed to Oakridge Cemetery. The parade marshal will be World War II veteran George Hay. Hay was a submariner on the U.S.S. Sea Devil.

The route will start at Main and Jefferson; travel north on Main Street to Pike Street; from there it will travel west on Pike to First Street, turning north again to Oakridge Cemetery. A ceremony will take place there at 11 a.m., with the placement of wreaths and guest speakers, including Ron Lunday, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and the veterans services officer for Elkhart County, and Judge Evan Roberts, a current Marine Corps reservist.

The public is invited to all of the ceremonies. Parade entries are due by the end of the business today at the Goshen VFW, DAV or police department.


Line-up for Monday’s Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. at Nappanee Elementary School, 755 E. Van Buren St. At 10:30 a.m., the parade will start at the elementary school and head west on Centennial Street to North Main Street and then south to Lincoln Street before turning west and ending at City Hall.

At 11 a.m., a service will take place at City Hall, 300 W. Lincoln St. The veteran’s tribute will be given by Dewey Price, sergeant first class retired U.S. Army. He is a veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and Bosnia and was awarded the Purple Heart. The NorthWood Red Regiment will provide music. The honor roll will be read by Ken Heckathorn and a Civil War cannon salute will be fired by the 7th Indiana Artillery.

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