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Locals celebrate Memorial Day with fun at SCPL, memorial ceremonies


There will be three memorial services for those wanting to pay their respects to fallen veterans on Monday.

Walt Daugherty is the adjutant of the Sullivan County VFW Post #2459, who is sponsoring the Sullivan County ceremony.

“It’s a ceremony to honor fallen veterans, that’s the whole purpose of it,” Daugherty said. “It is a short ceremony (starting at 10:30 a.m.), lasts about 30 minutes.”

The ceremony will be a similar schedule to last year’s event. This year the pastor who will be completing the opening and closing prayers will be Dr. Timothy Lueking, the senior minister for Sullivan First Christian Church.

“Different organizations will lay down wreaths at the memorial stone on the steps,” Daugherty said. “The wreaths are usually brought by all of the patriotic organizations in the community.”

There will be a keynote speaker as well.

“The speaker this year is a former Indiana National Guard Command Sergeant Major James Basinger,” Daugherty said.

In April 2009, Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour of duty as the 76th Brigade’s Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major.

“When the speech is over, the VFW and the Sullivan County Honor Guard will perform a 21-gun salute for our fallen comrades,” Daugherty said. “There will be taps played at the conclusion of the 21-gun salute.”

The Sullivan American Legion will host a free bean dinner at noon.

In the case of inclement weather, this ceremony will be moved to the Downtown Gym, just off the square.

Dugger hosts annual ceremonies

The Dugger American Legion Post #224 is going to have services Monday to honor their local fallen veterans.

“Well, at noon we are going to be at Mount Moriah (Cemetery) which is south of Dugger and at 1 o’clock we will be at the Dugger Cemetery,” Larry Bedwell, Dugger Town Councilman, said.

The Dugger Cemetery is located on SR 159 and is on the south side of town. Mount Moriah is located on SR 159 as well just after East CR 575S.

“That is kind of an annual thing we have done for several years,” Bedwell said. “We have our honor guard out there with rifles and bugles and have a memorial ceremony.”

These events will take about 15 minutes per ceremony.

Enjoy the weekend at the lake

This weekend, the Sullivan County Park and Lake has several events planned to keep campers and the local community entertained.

To start off the weekend, there will be food vendors and a live concert on Friday.

“The band Deep Fried Rye plays today’s top country hits and some 80s and 90s classic hit songs,” Lana Alexander, the office manager at the SCPL, said.

The next day there will be several activities, one for the kids will be from noon to 4 p.m.

“For the 'Party on Productions,' there will be a coloring contest, musical squares, ping pong toss, limbo, bottle toss and hula hoop for children,” Alexander said.

Candy prizes will be given out to children who participate.

They are also bringing back an old favorite, a pet contest.

"In the past, we have had a pet contest, but we haven’t had it in a few years,” Alexander said. “It will be Saturday morning at 11 (a.m.). It will be a fun contest with creative categories. Everyone that participated before really seemed to enjoy it. We had a good turnout before.”

The “Bark in the Park Wag Fest” will be at the tennis court area and there will be a trophy for the winner of each category. The categories are Best Puppy, puppies ages newborn to six months; Best Senior Dog, dogs seven years and older; Best Vocal Performance, class features canine crooners with the most unforgettable vocal talents; Athletic MVP, dress your dog in their favorite sport team’s attire; Terrific Dog Tricks, show off your dog’s talent at anything; Most Glamorous, canines with class and a little bit of attitude; Most Mysterious Heritage, pets whose features cross all lines of breed characteristics; Best Rescue Dog, for dogs abandoned, adopted from a shelter, abused or found along the side of a road; Most Obedient, a chance to show off how well your dog listens to your commands; Best Pairs, double your fun with a pair of dogs walking together with one handler; Most Affectionate, dogs will kiss and lick their way into your heart; Most Original Costume, a class to judge the dog on their entertaining attire.

To end the night on Saturday there will be another live concert by the Retro Shock band. According to their website, “the band plays popular songs from many decades and different genres. There is something for everyone at a Retro Shock performance.”

For a full list of events this weekend at the SCPL check out the schedule below:

Sullivan County Park and Lake schedule of events


5 p.m. – Food and market vendors open

5 p.m. – Bounce house and obstacle course

6 p.m. – Golf cart poker run (sign up at the office parking lot)

8 to 11 p.m. – Live music by “Deep Fried Rye” (with a 50/50 drawing)


11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Food and market vendors open

11 a.m. – Bounce house and obstacle course

11 a.m. – “Bark in the Park Wag Fest” (a fun dog contest)

Noon to 4 p.m. – “Party on Productions” (fun for the kids at the old tennis court area)

6 p.m. – Golf cart poker run (sign up at the office parking lot)

8 to 11 p.m. – Live music by “Retro Shock” (with a 50/50 drawing)


2 p.m. — Golf cart poker run (sign up at office parking lot starting at 1:45 p.m.)

2 p.m. – Sullivan County Garden Tractor Pullers (at the triangle across from the Eagle Lodge, moved due to wet conditions)

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