Some veterans were barely able to stand, and several still stood proud and ramrod straight while MainSource held a program meant to respect Greensburg and America’s Veterans.
MainSource raised their new flag after the old flag was shredded when the tailwind of Hurricane Issac tore through Greensburg. The new flag was flown at Indiana’s Statehouse (not the Capitol Building, as mentioned in a previous article) and was acquired by State Rep. Randy Frye. With Veteran’s Day so close, MainSource decided to honor our veterans in the best way they could.
“This was the first of a tradition,” said MainSource manager, Tony Owens. Owens further expressed that, after seeing so many veterans come to see the display inside MainSource, Veteran’s Day means a lot more to him.
Mayor Gary Herbert (who wore a Navy hat in honor of his son) opened the proceedings and was followed by Father John Meyer, whose prayers set the rest of the program in motion.
Ninety-eight-year-old veteran Walter Pleak raised the new flag, with some assistance, to the melody of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by Greensburg High School’s Elite Edition.
Randy Frye also spoke, reminding everyone present that many of the nation’s wars are ancient history to some individuals, “But with the recent Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom,” said Frye, “We, the American people, have once again been thrust into a position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today.”
Frye also read a list of numbers showing casualties and deaths from the Revolutionary, Korean, and Vietnam wars, and from WWI, and WWII. According to those numbers, there have been over 1.2 million wounded and 429,000 dead in those wars combined.
The American Legion member, and veteran John Tumilty played the bagpipes for his audience, and Llynne AmRhein spoke about being a military mother.
MainSource ended the program by recognizing three exceptional employees, all of whom helped put the program together.
After Father John closed the proceedings with prayer, “I’m Proud to be an American” was played over the loudspeakers, and the crowd was dismissed to go inside for snacks.
The program was well received.
Army Veteran Don Hurt, who served in a tank battalion in Germany, said the program was very nice, “Very well-planned. Everyone had a good time.”
Bud Ryle, of the American Legion 129, who served in the Navy at the end of the Korean War, gave MainSource high praise for Friday’s ceremony. “We appreciated having it,” said Ryle. “Sometimes we forget our past and our servicemen.”
Ryle also mentioned that the program couldn’t have been held on a better day. Indeed, the sun was outside with the veterans, and the air not too chilly.
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