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The Berne Community Development Corporation (CDC) will dedicate the Settlers Monument in the Muensterberg Plaza at the corner of US 27 and SR218 in Berne on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 2 p.m.
Jerome and Barbara Lehman of Terre Haute donated the funds for the monument, officials said in a news release. They and their family members will attend the celebration and will unveil the six foot statue of early settlers wearing 1850s attire, including a man standing with his arms outstretched and a woman holding a baby.
The Settlers Monument commemorates the faith and determination of the early pioneers, who came to America from Switzerland in the 1800s.
Participating in the celebration program will be the South Adams Ministerial Association and the Mennonite men’s quartet, with a short message by Jerome Lehman. Group singing by those in attendance also is planned.
The Lehmans contributed the Settlers Monument because it links the heritage of Bern, Switzerland, to Berne, Indiana, and honors the sacrifices of the early settlers who established the Swiss community Berne, the announcement said..
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and share in the dedication ceremony, it was noted. Following the celebration service, refreshments will be served.
For further information, contact Floyd Liechty or a member of the Berne CDC.