RILEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The American Legion Riders of Post 328 in Riley had been working on a memorial for veterans for the past two years, and it has finally come to life.
The memorial is three flags in an area that you would pass on the way up to the main building. There is an American Flag, Prisoner of War Flag, and the Indiana State Flag.
Bret Thompson, assistant director for American Legion Riders of Post 328, said the memorial is meant to remember all of those who served including those who came home, and those who didn’t. He said they saw a similar memorial at another American Legion, and knew they wanted one of their own.
A ceremony was held this past Sunday to debut the new memorial and the flags were raised by three of their veterans, including the Post Commander Dave Whitesell.
“They allowed me to raise the American Flag and then some of the other riders raised the others but like I said it was their idea and it really looks nice over here,” Whitesell said.
Whitesell said he will remember that moment for the rest of his life.
“I saw a lot of them raised when I was in the service but I never did one myself,” Whitesell said.
Thompson said they will also add a bench to the area in the near future.
He also said they are working on a brick wall to recognize the five branches of service, to continue to honor veterans.