Rush County’s Veterans invite the community to honor those who have given their lives to the cause of freedom. At 11 a.m. Monday, the Rush County Veterans Memorial Association and American Legion Post 150 will render honors to our fallen Veterans from Rush County. This year’s ceremony will feature special guest speaker, Major General Clif Tooley, Commanding General of Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck and Assistant Adjutant General for the Indiana National Guard.
“The Memorial Day Observance has been a tradition in Rush County for years, but it was a series of stops with no real connection between them,” Joseph Rathz, Jr., Assistant Master Planner at Camp Atterbury/Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations stated. “The ceremony started at Veterans Bridge and then everyone moved on separately to the courthouse lawn and then moved separately to the cemetery. Last year, the Rush County Veterans Memorial Association decided to tie all of those stops together. The procession is that tie in.”
The observance will start with speakers and honors rendered at North Veterans Memorial Park Bridge. Following the ceremony, all are invited to participate in a solemn procession down Main Street across SR 44 to the new Veterans Section at East Hill Cemetery where closing ceremonies and honors will be rendered. Along the way, the procession will pause at the Rush County Courthouse to salute the Flag and crosses representing those who gave their lives from Rush County. It will proceed under a Garrison Flag presented by the Rushville Fire Department and will pause to salute the flag at the old Veterans Cemetery.
“This is the second year for the procession and we feel it will continue on. We are looking at adding events each year to bring more attention to our Veterans and to those who died defending our freedom. We are honored to have Major General Tooley as our guest speaker. It is not often we have a two star General in town,” Rathz added.