By Cecelia Ellis
For The Republic
Jennings County’s annual Memorial Day ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Vernon Cemetery.
The event is open to the public and will be attended by public officials representing Vernon, North Vernon and the county.
“We really want a lot of people to come for this. It’s about the whole county. It’s about all of us,” North Vernon Mayor Harold “Soup” Campbell said.
“Every year we do this together. We have a Memorial Day ceremony at the Vernon Cemetery and the Veterans Day Ceremony in North Vernon. It’s about the soldiers, and it’s about all of us,” he added.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2021 will provide the ceremonial team for the playing of taps and a rifle salute to honor those who died in the defense of the nation.
“The Vernon Grays (Civil War re-enactors) will be present, and we are expecting bagpipers for the ceremony. It should be very nice,” Jennings County Veterans Service Officer Mike Eastman said.
“The VFW ceremonial teams are working very hard to keep the important things going like veterans funeral honors and ceremonies like this. It’s not always easy, but those guys put a lot of effort into honoring the veterans, past and present,” Eastman added.