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Veterans events slated here, in area

May 25, 2012

    Veterans-related events in Decatur, Berne and Geneva, along with Willshire, Ohio, have been announced for the Memorial Day weekend.
    The American Legion post 43 color guard and firing squad will be at the Decatur Catholic Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. for a short service honoring past and present veterans, before moving to the Decatur Cemetery for another short service.
    At 10 a.m., the two groups will march from the post to the Jackson Street Bridge where a wreath will be placed in the river with a salute to honor those who died serving this country, according to the release.
    From there, they will march up Jackson Street to Second Street, then to Court Street, arriving at the Peace Monument on the courthouse square, where a public ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
    All able veterans are welcome to join the march, according to the news release.
    Mayor John Schultz will speak at the courthouse ceremony, Rosie Fairchild will sing, and the color guard and firing squad will salute fallen soldiers.

    The Geneva Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Berne American Legion have announced that they will be hosting programs to honor past and present service veterans.
    On Saturday, the combined Honor Guard will salute Adams County residents, as well as other veterans, at the Geneva Veterans Memorial, beginning at noon. Sr. Vice Rodney Funk, Department of Indiana VFW, will be the featured speaker.
    On Monday, the combined Honor Guard will honor past and present veterans at the Adams County Veterans Memorial in Berne, also beginning at noon. Guy Gruters, a decorated Vietnam F-100 fighter pilot and former POW, will be the featured speaker.
    
    In Willshire, the Willshire Home Furnishings will hold its second annual Memorial Celebration on Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Willshire park.
    The celebration will feature family games, live entertainment, and free refreshments, an announcement said. Also scheduled is a display of pictures, artifacts and uniforms from past and present servicemen at the store in downtown Willshire.

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