For the fifth year in a row, Oak Hill Cemetery will serve as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selected Oak Hill Cemetery for the distinction in recognition of its outstanding annual Veterans Day service.
Oak Hill Cemetery is one of only 61 sites in the country to receive the designation for 2017.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, M.D., said the VA notified Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb about the designation and encouraged the Governor’s office to support local Veterans Day activities.
The VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs also released a message from Secretary Shulkin for possible inclusion in the local event program.
The message reads, in part:
“As we come together to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, 2017, I extend a special thanks to the Veterans Day Regional Site event organizers. Across the nation, Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to receive the heartfelt acknowledgement by local citizens for their service.”
The Vanderburgh County Veterans Council will hold its annual Veterans Day Services at Oak Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. The service will take place at Veterans Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Chapel of Memories.
Earlier in the day, the Veterans Council will hold its annual service at Locust Hill Cemetery at 11:11 a.m. The service at Locust Hill will be in the Mausoleum Chapel rain or shine.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will attend both services. He will present a plaque to the Veteran of the Year, whose name will be announced during the service at Oak Hill Cemetery.
(Courtesy: City of Evansville)
(This story was originally published November 9, 2017)