Saluting our veterans

Ron Glascock from Poland, Indiana, paints the windows of the former German American building at 201 E. Main that houses not only the Times Herald but several other offices Wednesday morning in preparation of the Hometown Heroes Veterans Parade that will go down Main Street Sunday afternoon at 4.

Veterans will once again be honored at the Daviess County Museum with a program and then a parade Sunday afternoon.

Event organizer Linda Cornelius said this year’s program will begin at 2 p.m. at the museum on Main Street.

“Our speaker this year will be Montgomery High School graduate Richard Bateman who joined the Marines the day he graduated from Indiana University,” said Cornelius, who said the annual Salute to Veterans program is free and open to the public.

Once the program is over, the community is invited to gather along Main Street for the veterans parade that will begin at 4 p.m.

“We will have our Daviess County veterans who have gone on the Honor Flight in the parade,” said Cornelius, adding the community is welcome to participate in the parade. “We will also have the band participating as well as the Shriners. There’s still plenty of time to come up with an entry.”

New this year will be the box float contest sponsored by the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation.

“This is open to students in first grade through high school, and we have cash prizes,” said Cornelius who said there is no fee for fielding a box float or a more traditional entry in the parade that will begin at the Washington Carnegie Public Library. “All students need is a box decorated in an patriotic theme. They can wear it, pull it with a rope or on a little wagon. And if you look up box float, there are several different ideas you can find online.”

Cash prizes will be awarded in three age divisions; first through fourth, fifth through eighth and high school. Winners in each category will receive $50 while second place scores $35 and third place gets $25.

“Parade lineup will be from 2:30 to 3:30 at the library and that’s where the box float contestants need to be for judging as well. We have all out-of-town judges for the contest,” said Cornelius who said those wanting to participate can find the registration form on the Daviess County Museum Facebook page or email linda.cornelius30@gmail.com.

In addition to the parade entries, the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana will be on hand in the lobby of the former German American Bank building on Main Street to help the community learn more about the Honor Flight as well as its volunteer opportunities. Members of the North Daviess Boy Scout Troop will also be in the former bank lobby during the parade to collect flags that need to be retired from use.

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