The names of 187 military veterans from Bartholomew County who have died in the past year will be read, with one balloon for each name released by the Bartholomew County Funeral Directors.


Jonathan Hilber of Columbus will sing the national anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation by Ron Bridgewater, Columbus Fire Department chaplain and pastor at East Columbus Christian Church.

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Laying of wreaths will be made by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution and Gold Star Mothers, with music by the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums.


The program includes playing of taps by the Rev. William Weaver and three rifle volleys by the Bartholomew County Honor Guard.


If you’re in Hope on Friday, the Veterans Day program begins at 8:30 a.m. today at Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School. A free luncheon for veterans and their guests will be served at the Yellow Trail Museum, 644 Main St., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.