WWI Centennial Commemoration Ceremony

Today’s WWI Centennial Anniversary Ceremony went off today at 11:30am on the south lawn of the Washington County Courthouse, at the Veterans’ Memorial.  Both the ceremony and the attendance went better than we anticipated with the inclement weather conditions.  Everyone was pleased with the opportunity to commemorate this significant date in history and memorialize our county veterans.

The following was the schedule of events;

Washington County WWI Centennial Ceremony

April 6, 2017

1130: Welcome to ceremony…DAR Vice Regent Sharon Purlee…Pledge of Allegiance w/Gertrude Stephenson

1135: Jason Cockerill on behalf of Congressman Todd Hollingsworth

1140: Jeremy Elliott, Washington Co. Historian, tribute to county WWI veterans

1145: Colonel Todd Baker, Indiana National Guard (Ret.) Centennial Anniversary of WWI

1150: Kevin Bateman, Veterans’ Administration, WWI County Casualty Roll

1155: VFW/Legion; Gun Salute, followed by TAPS

Local DAR Chapter to place wreath at WWI column.


A special thank you to United States Representative Todd Hollingsworth for the donation of the flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol Building, in memory of all Hoosiers who served from April 1917 to November 1918.  This flag will be on display very soon at the Stevens Museum @ the John Hay Center.

A very special thanks goes out to all of our local participating organizations, speakers, the Washington County Commissioners and to WSLM radio for the assistance with the sound system and media coverage!

Look for a more detailed description of the event in the next edition of The Historian,….coming soon!


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