Weekend events to honor Memorial Day

From Local Sources

Fallen U.S. military members will be honored Monday on Memorial Day. The day began as Decoration Day in 1868 to honor veterans lost to the Civil War. Mourners would decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers, flags and wreaths. The day was celebrated more widely by the late 19th century and after World War I, it became a day to honor those killed in all of America’s wars. Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday in 1971 and that it be observed the last Monday in May.

Several events are planned across the area this weekend in honor of Memorial Day:

The Dubois County Veterans Council’s observance of Memorial Day will start at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the Dubois County Courthouse in Jasper.

All veterans organizations of Dubois County will be represented and all veterans who died this year will be remembered.


This year’s deceased veteran to be honored is Maj. General Kenneth Wayne Himsel, the son of Luther and Geneva Himsel.

He began his military career at Indiana University in the ROTC program, being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Infantry in 1959. His affiliation with the 38th Infantry Division began in 1961. In February 1963, General Himsel was named commander of Headquarters Company, 38th Infantry Division and was promoted to Captain in October of that year.

Himsel’s military career included a stint in Vietnam. He was eventually appointed Major General in February 1984.

Himsel was killed on Nov. 12, 1992 in a plane crash when he went to Alaska to inspect his troops. He is survived by his wife Deborah Doyle of Greenwood, daughters Krista Benge of Indianapolis and Kendra Allison of Brighton, Colorado, sister Judy Kerkhove of Greenwood, and three brothers Ron and Jerry of Jasper and Thomas of Greenwood, and four grandchildren.

Guest speaker for this year’s observance will be Steve Chastain of Celestine, who is a member of VFW Post 673 Jasper, American Legion Post 147 and DAV Chapter #77 of Dubois County. His military service took him to Vietnam, I-Corps.

VFW Post 673 will host a reception for the family and friends of Himsel and event attendees. In case of inclimate weather, all events will be held at VFW Post 673, 3131 Suite 3 Newton Street, Jasper.

Also Saturday
The Shiloh Cemetery Association will host a Memorial Day program and dessert festival at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Cemetery and meeting house, 4060 W. Shiloh Road in Jasper. The Weyer Girls will sing a variety of Christian and patriotic songs, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert.

• St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 will be at the Siberia Cemetery at 7:10 a.m. CT and continue to the cemetery at Doolittle Mills at 7:30 a.m. CT, St. Croix at 8 a.m. CT, Fulda at 9 a.m. CT, St. John’s Lutheran at New Boston at 9:20 a.m. CT, St. John’s Catholic at 9:40 a.m. CT, Kratzburg at 10 a.m. CT and St. Meinrad at 10:25 CT.

• Holland American Legion Post 343 will be at the cemetery in Selvin at 1 p.m. EDT. and continue to the cemeteries in Holland at 1:30 p.m., Zoar at 2 p.m., Stendal at 2:30 p.m. and St. Paul at 3 p.m.

• Huntingburg VFW Post 2366 will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. Monday and if it rains, the service will be held inside the church. The post will visit Fairmount Cemetery at 9 a.m. and if it rains, the service will be held at the post, 314 N. Geiger St. At 9: 30 a.m., the post will visit Mayor Cemetery in Duff and the rainout location is the Duff Conservation Club. At 10 a.m., members will meet at the Dubois county Veterans Monument on 14th Street near the event center in Huntingburg. If it rains, the monument service will be held at the post along with the Fairmount Cemetery services at 9 a.m.

• Abe Lincoln American Legion Post 444 in Dale will host five Memorial Day services on Monday. They will meet at the American Legion building at 8:30 a.m. CT before visiting Richardson Cemetery at 9 a.m. CT, Old Pigeon Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. CT, Gentryville at 10 a.m. CT, Jones Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. CT and the Dale Cemetery at 11 a.m. CT.

• Jasper VFW Post 673 and American Legion Post 147 will host 12 Memorial Day services Monday. The services include Fairview Cemetery in Jasper at 9 a.m., Shiloh Cemetery in Jasper at 9:15 a.m., Saint Mary in Ireland at 9:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran in Otwell at 9:45 a.m., Portersville at 10 a.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran in Haysville at 10:15 a.m.; St. John’s Lutheran at the Dubois Crossroads at 10:45 a.m.; Crystal at 11 a.m.; St. Raphael in Dubois at 11:35 a.m.; and Enlow Cemetery in Jasper at noon.

More on DuboisCountyHerald.com