[54] Remembering those who served (5/22/2013)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville)
Start Date: 5/22/2013 All Day
End Date: 5/22/2013

Like many of you, I am looking forward to the coming holiday weekend- spending time with family, backyard barbeques and community parades. As we celebrate the long weekend with our families, or listening to the race, let us remember the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day-to honor the men and women who served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Our country’s illustrious history has been forged by our brave military men and women who have made the sacrifices to protect our country.  This weekend especially, we must remember the fallen American soldiers.

As Americans, it is pertinent to remember and frequently thank our fighting soldiers.  It is because of them that we can enjoy every day freedoms.

While today, many people celebrate Memorial Day by remembering all veterans, it was originally called Decoration Day. Decoration Day was a day of remembrance for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving our great nation.  The day was started by groups of people decorating gravesites of fallen soldiers during the Civil War. Here in Indiana, under Governor Morton, over 200,000 Hoosiers served in the Civil War, 24,000 of them paying the ultimate sacrifice.

For those of you who will be in or around New Castle this weekend, the Memorial Day parade will take place on May 27 between 10am-12pm. The “Honoring our Heroes” themed parade will go down Broad Street, South Main Street, Bundy Avenue and Parkview Drive and end in the parking lots in front of the Bundy Auditorium at the New Castle High School.

There will be a procession in Rushville beginning at 11 am on the 27th starting at the North Veterans Memorial Park Bridge. Here, U.S. Navy submarine veterans will present a “Tolling of the Boats” service. They will proceed to the veterans’ burial section of the East Hill Cemetery, making stops at memorials along the way.

This Memorial Day, please take the time to remember our fallen soldiers, dating all the way from the Civil War until now.

I hope you are all have a safe and relaxing weekend while enjoying time with family and listening to the race!

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Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents portions of Henry, Rush and Wayne counties. He serves as Vice Chair of Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and is a member of Local Government, Natural Resources and Roads and Transportation Committees.

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