Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day observances in Columbus will be conducted at three locations, as usual, but with a special feature during the final stop Monday.

9 a.m.: Tossing of wreaths into the East Fork White River from the Robert N. Stewart Bridge by auxiliaries of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and rifle volley by members of the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

10 a.m.: Observances in the older of two veterans sections of Garland Brook Cemetery — the one closest to the entrance — by the honor guard with participating veterans organizations — American Legion Post 24, VFW Post 1987 and Columbus AMVETS Post 509.

11 a.m.: Community Memorial Day observance at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans on the Courthouse grounds, organized by local veterans organizations and also including the honor guard.

This year, the 11 a.m. program will include a reading of the names and brief biographies of the 27 Bartholomew County men who were killed in or died during the Vietnam War, which began in 1955. Local Vietnam veterans will serve as narrators during the program.