Bacon: Honoring those who served

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Every year on Nov. 11, Americans pay their respect to those who served our country. While members of the armed forces deserve the utmost respect each day of the year, Veterans Day is dedicated to formally honoring American service members who answered the call to protect our nation and freedom.

Throughout the state, local communities will be coming together to honor our armed forces. Grandview will be hosting its first Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m., starting at the Grandview boat dock parking lot and ending at the Spencer County Veteran’s Memorial. In Evansville, the Four Freedoms Veterans Day Parade will be returning to West Franklin Street at 3 p.m. There will also be a dedication ceremony for the new Warrick Country War Memorial at 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Warrick County Courthouse in Boonville.

Many local businesses and attractions will also be offering discounts to veterans. All veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families will be admitted for free to all Indiana state parks on Veterans Day with proof of military status. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial will be free to the public all weekend. This is a good opportunity to enjoy the mild weather and fall beauty.

In and around our community, veterans continue to help our country beyond their service. This month, Jerry Blake of Evansville, was inducted to the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. The IMVHOF is a nonprofit organization that honors Hoosier veterans for their military service achievements and community contributions. Blake served in both the Navy and the Army before retiring. He then became involved in Veterans of Foreign Wars where he helped push veterans issues and worked to gain funding for Hoosier veterans. Blake also established and currently serves as president of the Indiana Chapter 6 of Rolling Thunder. The local chapter is now one of the largest in the nation and remains committed to assisting veterans in Indiana. I would like to thank Mr. Blake for his service and dedication and congratulate him for this well-deserved honor.

For the veterans and their families who call Indiana home, assistance is provided from our local veterans service officers with qualifying for state programs, veterans’ employment preferences and veteran-owned business opportunities. To connect to these benefits, visit the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs online at www.in.gov/dva.

We can never fully repay those who answered the call to protect our state and nation. If you are a veteran or current service member, thank you for your bravery and for protecting our nation.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.