SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– The Sullivan Co. American Legion gathered at Center Ridge Cemetery to honor more than 1,300 veterans buried there.
Robert Emmons, a trustee for the Sullivan Co. American Legion said it’s their duty to honor those who have served.
“This is tradition, we always meet here. We always honor this. The pandemic hasn’t changed it. We always take care of our veterans,” said Emmons.
More than 20 volunteers including local veterans, Sullivan city employees and the Ohio Valley Gas Company staff placed a flag on each veteran’s grave.
Walter Daugherty is a Desert Storm veteran. He said when we honor veterans, we show appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made.
“It means a lot to me because I know many of the people whose flags we put on. I used to know them in days past. It’s proper to honor them. It’s the right thing to do to honor our fallen veterans,” Daugherty noted.
Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb also volunteered to place flags on graves at Center Ridge. He also has his own personal connection to memorial day event.
“My grandfather was a world war two veteran and my father served in Vietnam. So it was pretty neat today to be able to come out and actually place a flag on my grandfather’s tombstone,” Lamb explained. “I spent many years as a youngster traveling the entire county with my grandpa, as he played taps for the American Legion.”
Lamb said although this year’s memorial celebration look different in comparison to prior years, the community should use this as an opportunity to reflect.
“Many of us don’t take part in those memorial day ceremonies or services, we just look at it as a three day weekend. But there’s a lot of issues going on right now with COVID-19 and that’s on a lot of people’s minds. So this is a nice weekend here in 2020 to take some time out and reflect on our loved ones this weekend,” he said.
The American Legion plans to decorate veterans graves at other cemeteries across Sullivan Co. throughout the weekend.