Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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.


American Legion Post 223 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars invite the public to a parade on Monday. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Medusa and Ind. 13. The parade will go past the grandstands at Memorial Park and end at Syracuse Cemetery. A service will be conducted at the cemetery.


The Memorial Day parade is at 10 a.m. Monday and usually lasts about an hour. The parade starts on Emeline Street and then goes north on Main Street and stops at Syracuse Street. American Legion members will then go to Milford Cemetery, where they have a service .


The Memorial Day parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday. Immediately following the parade, which lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, there will be a service at New Paris Cemetery.

The parade will step off at the former Burger Dairy and continue to the cemetery. Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers will introduce Rep. Jackie Walorski, who is the guest speaker. State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki will also be in attendance.

Walorski will present five families with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. Kubacki will present the families with flags that flew over the state capitol. Boy Scouts Troop 12 from New Paris will fold the flags prior to their presentation. The Cub Scouts will hand the families flowers.

Roger Bayak of the Goshen Veterans of Foreign Wars will distribute a specially commissioned Challenge coin made up for the Memorial Day service. This is a military style coin that has all five branches represented on one side and a message thanking them for their service on the other side.

Veterans will do a 21-gun salute and taps will be played.

Fairfield High School Band will perform. Roll call will be read for the veterans buried at the cemetery.

An ice cream social will follow the service at Sunnyside Park.


There will be a service conducted by the Bristol American Legion at 11 a.m. at Oakridge Cemetery. Attendees will then go the Division Street bridge, where a wreath will be tossed into the river.