Veterans, public to remember the deceased


Communities will honor military men and women who have risked and given their lives to protect our country.

Memorial Day is Monday. Honors and acknowledgements that the public can attend will happen this weekend.

The countywide observance hosted by the Dubois County Veterans Council will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the Dubois County Courthouse at the veteran’s memorial and fountain. Andrew C. Klem, who served in the U.S. Army and died Dec. 14, 2018, will be remembered and Donald D. Peek Jr., former state commander of the Disabled American Veterans of Indiana, will be the guest speaker. All veterans organizations of Dubois County will be represented. The Honor Guard will consist of veterans from posts and organizations throughout the county honoring deceased veterans.

Memorial Day was established to honor and memorialize military personnel who died while serving in the military, though many observances also include honoring living veterans and those who have died.

Observances date back to the 1860s, with veterans and their families in the South visiting graves at local cemeteries. Women associations in different states also started decorating graves.

The observance used to be known as Decoration Day. But after World War II, the name Memorial Day was more common. The name Memorial Day became official by federal law in 1967.

Memorial Day was observed on May 30 until 1970. Under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that the U.S. Congress passed on June 28, 1968, Memorial Day was set for the last Monday in May; the change went into effect in 1971.

Local veteran organizations will hold memorial services on Sunday and Monday at various cemeteries. Here is a list:


The Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, Sons of Legion, Auxiliary and VFW will gather at the legion at 7 a.m. and attend Mass at St. Henry Church at 7:30 a.m., followed by a graveside service at St. Henry Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, located north of Ferdinand. Mass at Ferdinand flagpole by the Spiritual Life Center will be held at approximately 11 a.m.

The Holland American Legion Post 343, Sons of Legion and Auxiliary will meet at the post home at noon and hold cemetery services at: Selvin at 1 p.m., Holland at 1:30 p.m., Zoar at 2 p.m., Stendal at 2:30 p.m., St. Paul at 3 p.m. and Augustana at 3:30 p.m.

The St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will leave its post home at 6:50 a.m. and visit cemeteries at: Siberia at 7:10 a.m., Doolittle Mills at 7:30 a.m., St. Croix at 8 a.m., Fulda at 9 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran at 9:20 a.m. St. John’s Catholic at 9:40 a.m., Kratzburg at 10 a.m. and St. Meinrad at 10:25 a.m.


The Huntingburg VFW Post 2366 will visit St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. (inside the church in inclement weather), Fairmount Cemetery at 9 a.m. (at the post, 314 N. Geiger St., in inclement weather) and Mayo Cemetery in Duff at 9:30 a.m. (Duff Conservation Club in inclement weather). At 10 a.m., members will meet at the Dubois County Veterans Monument on 14th Street near the Huntingburg Event Center. In the event of severe weather, the monument service will be held at the post along with the Fairmount Cemetery service at 9 a.m. All times are approximate.

The Jasper American Legion Post 147 and VFW Post No. 673 will hold Memorial Day services at Fairview Cemetery at 9 a.m., Shiloh Cemetery at 9:20 a.m., St. Mary’s (Ireland) at 9:40 a.m., St. John’s (Boone Township) at 10 a.m., Portersville Cemetery at 10:20 a.m., St. Paul’s (Haysville) at 10:40 a.m., Christ Lutheran (Haysville) at 11 a.m., Crystal Cemetery at 11:20 a.m., St. Raphael’s (Dubois) 11:40 a.m. and Enlow Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

The St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 and Auxiliary will meet at St. Anthony at 7:30 a.m. and proceed to: Celestine at 8:30 a.m., Schnellville at 9 a.m., Mentor at 9:30 a.m., Birdseye at 10 a.m., Cox at 10:45 a.m. and Bretzville at 11:15 a.m. Participants will meet for lunch at the post’s home.

The Abe Lincoln American Legion will hold services at: 9 a.m. at Jones Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at Richardson Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. at Pigeon Creek Cemetery in Lincoln State Park, 10 a.m. at Garden of Memories at Gentryville, and 11 a.m. at Dale Cemetery.

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