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Honoring the Ultimate Sacrifice

Recognize the courage of U.S. veterans at these Memorial Day events.

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Crafts
May 23-25, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Red Bank, 120 S. Red Bank Road
May 23-25, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Stringtown, 2100 Stringtown Road
Make crafts with poppies – the flower is a national symbol of remembrance – to honor fallen military veterans and their families.

Memorial Day Remembrance, Worship, History and Campus Tour and Displays
9:30 a.m. May 26, Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 6400 Oak Hill Road
Head to the cemetery entrance to honor veterans buried there, then attend Sunday worship. Afterward, the church’s history committee and member Steve Worthington give tours of the 118-year-old church and its campus north of the city.

Memorial Day Run
7 a.m. May 27, Garvin Park, 1600 N. Main St.
It’s the eighth year for this 5K and 10K walk/run along Pigeon Creek. Registration is $35 for the 5K run, $5 for the kids’ fun, and $40 for the 5K walk and 10K run/walk. Early registration also gets you free entry into the Evansville Food Truck Festival on May 26 at Bosse Field.

78th Annual Community Memorial Day Ceremony
10 a.m. May 27, Central Park, 10 S. Main St., Henderson, Kentucky
There will be 6,000 crosses placed at Central Park honoring veterans who have passed at this Henderson Veterans Memorial Foundation-sponsored event. The focus this year is on Vietnam Veterans, coinciding with the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall arriving in Henderson on May 24.

Memorial Day Service and Lunch
10 a.m. May 27, Sunset Funeral Home, Cremation Center & Cemetery, 1800 St. George Road
VFW Post 2953 and its auxiliary host this service remembering veterans who died within the last year. Join the post afterward at its canteen at 1800 Pollack Ave. for lunch.

Locust Hill Cemetery & Arboretum Memorial Day Service
10-11 a.m. May 27, Locust Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, 3800 Kratzville Road
Gather at the gravesite of James Bethel Gresham, an Evansville resident and the first American casualty of World War I, in the veterans section of the cemetery and listen to a program that includes 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address speech given in 1863. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to the Chapel of Eternal Peace Mausoleum.

Oak Hill Cemetery & Arboretum Memorial Day Services
11 a.m.-noon May 27, Oak Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, 1400 E. Virginia St.
Join others at the cemetery’s Veterans Plaza for a Memorial Day program. The service will be held in Chapel One if there is poor weather.

Free Veterans Dinner
5-8 p.m. May 28, American Legion Funkhouser Post 8, 6001 New Harmony Road
Veterans and their friends and family enjoy meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a roll. Veterans eat for free, while everyone else costs $8.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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