service is this Monday
Switzerland County will again hold Memorial Day services in honor of our fallen veterans this coming Monday, May 27th.
County Veterans Service Officer Duane Covington said that the memorial ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial on Main Street in the Switzerland County Courthouse lawn, and will begin at 11 a.m. American Legion Post #185 is the official host of this year’s ceremony.
This year’s observance will begin with an opening ceremony featuring the American Legion Junior Auxiliary leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Makayla Richards will sing The National Anthem.
Covington will give some remarks about Memorial Day. He will then share some insights on flag etiquette, noting that on Memorial Day flags are flown from sunrise until noon to honor the fallen who have given their lives in defense of our freedoms. From noon until sunset on Memorial Day, flags are flown in honor of living veterans.
The Vevay Music Club will again provide a medley of the songs representing the different branches of the service.
This year’s featured speakers are Patrick Lanman, publisher of Vevay Media Group; and William Patterson, the great grandson of Allen Walker, the only Switzerland County native to ever earn the Medal of Honor.
That will be followed by the President of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Detachment Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, who will read off the names of those Switzerland County soldiers who died in defense of our country.
That will be followed by the Switzerland County Honor Guard giving the 21-gun salute and the playing of ‘Taps’.
Covington said that due to environmental concerns, this year there will be no release of balloons, but he did say that there will be a very special moment to honor all veterans, so those attending may want to bring cameras.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Hoosier Theater.
All area residents and veterans are invited to attend this special ceremony.