The city of Rising Sun and all of Ohio County will again honor its veterans this Monday, May 29th, with the annual Memorial Day parade and observance.
P.G. Gentrup said that the parade will begin at the American Legion Hall on Monday at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the program at the Ohio County Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Ralph Perry, who served in the Army during the Korean War era.
The featured speaker at the Memorial Day program will be Brett Bondurant, a veteran from Lawrenceburg who is a national inspiration after losing both legs while serving in Afghanistan.
Army Specialist Brett Bondurant was five months into his first deployment when he lost his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Southwest Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on September 28th, 2011.
Acting as the minesweeper while clearing a compound of suspected IEDs, SPC Bondurant had just stepped into a darkened room…his second step triggered the pressure plate of an IED; the blast traumatically amputating his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. He also sustained severe injuries to both arms.
Minutes later, the medic knelt down to administer aid to SPC Bondurant and triggered another IED; the blast throwing SPC Bondurant through the air for a second time. While waiting for the platoon medic to come to the aid of the injured, SPC Bondurant heard a third IED detonate outside of the compound. A helicopter was dispatched to evacuate the injured Soldiers and SPC Bondurant was transported to a local field hospital before being stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany. SPC Bondurant arrived at San Antonio Medical Center within days of his injuries and remained there for more than a year, enduring nearly two dozen surgeries.
SPC Bondurant grew up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and married his High School sweetheart, London. He enjoys sports, fishing, motorcycles, wheelchair basketball, and spending time with family. Brett and London now have two daughters. (Credit: www.hfotusa.org)
Everyone is invited to attend the parade and program, and help honor all veterans in attendance; as well as honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.