MainSource Bank has organized a display with the help of veterans, showcasing uniforms, photos, discharge papers and more, in celebration of Veteran’s Day.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in our lobby. It’s just, wow,” said Tony Owens, MainSource bank manager, about the display in the financial institution's lobby.
Owens said he’s been amazed at the response to the display. Many veterans have come in to look and share their stories, an honor that has been "heartwarming and overwhelming," said Owens.
All of the memorabilia has been temporarily donated from a number of people.
MainSource is also planning a short program to honor veterans, including a flagpole re-dedication, from a flag that has been flown by the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. The program will feature Greensburg Community High School’s Elite Edition show choir singing the national anthem, while 98-year-old veteran Walter Pleak raises the flag.
Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert will be present, as well as State Representative Randy Frye.
The American Legion's John Tumilty will be providing music via bagpipes, and Father John Meyer, of St. Mary’s, will offer blessings.
The flag that will be used was secured by Rep. Frye, after the tailwind of Hurricane Issac damaged MainSource’s flagpole and flag.
Though MainSource employee Lynn AmRhein and her husband Wayne have no military service in their past, their three children have all elected to become members of the United States Armed Forces. Lynn will be reflecting to an audience Friday, what it’s like to be a military mother.
She said during an interview with the Daily News, that she feels her children were already familiar with the trials of sacrifice commitment.
Wayne AmRhein worked for USAirways, and was in the air during 9-11. His job required long hours, giving little time with his family.
“I also think that when he was gone, I tried to be a drill sergeant,” Lynn joked.
Lynn said that her children have been lucky enough to remain stateside during their careers, though if they were ever deployed to a war zone, she would naturally be worried.
“First and foremost,” said Owens, “We want to honor those who have served, and those who are serving.”
The Friday program will begin at 12:30 p.m., between MainSource’s drive-thru and parking lot.
MainSource Bank is on the corner of Washington and Broadway, off the courthouse square.
There will be light refreshments inside MainSource after the program.
Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004