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Gettysburg Memorial

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The following is the video of the "Veterans Tribute" which plays nightly to honor all our Veterans.

Every year on the Saturday after Veteran's day, a ceremony is held to lay the crosses in the memorial with the honor they deserve.  After the ceremony, a free meal is given to all Veterans which attend.  The ceremony includes the Tipton American Legion, Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, Tri Central High School Band, Members of the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization, Grissom Air Force Base honor guard and Gold Star Families.
Click on the video below to see part of the ceremony.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PICTURES OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL THROUGH OUT THE YEARS

May we never forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country

VETERANS MEMORIAL

May We Always Remember

Honoring our Fallen Heroes

2013

2012

2009

2010

2014

2011

Our display is dedicated to those Veterans, past and present, who serve and protect our country.  For without their sacrifice we would not be the great nation which we are today.  Our Veterans Memorial contains the following:

  • Over 50 flags to include US flags, flags of the armed forces, the POW flag, Civil War period flags and the Gold Star flag given to families whose veteran gave the ultimate sacrifice.
  • Patriotic red, white and blue star bursts.
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with honor Guard to remind us of the sacrifice given by many.
  • Iwo Jima memorial dedicated to all the WWII veterans.
  • POW memorial to remind us of those who will not be forgotten.
  • Gettysburg memorial dedicated to the period of our history when we were divided but came together as one.
  • The Soldier's cross which honors a fallen soldier.
  • And 80 crosses, each which bears the name of a veteran from north central Indiana who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The song which we dedicate to all Veterans is called Soldiers Silent Night.   The music is by Mannheim Steamroller and is set to a  poem written by Lance Corporal James Schmidt in 1987 under the title "Merry Christmas, My Friend".   The poem is narrated by Father Ted Berndt a priest at Bread of Life Charismatic Episcopal Church in Dousman, Wisconsin, a proud Marine, and a WWII Purple Heart recipient.

The song tells the story of Santa coming upon a soldier sleeping and all alone on Christmas Eve.  Santa at first feels sad for this soldier.  But he later realizes that all the families he saw on Christmas Eve, owed their lives to soldiers like this who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.  For those families all enjoyed freedom thoughout the year, because of soldiers like the one laying here.  Santa then cried and the soldier awoke.  He then said to Santa: 
Don't cry, this life is my choice.  I fight for freedom; I don't ask for more.  My life is my God, my country, my Corps.  Carry on Santa, it's Christmas day, all is secure.  We are blessed to share "A Soldier's Silent Night" with you this Christmas."  To download the song, right click on the following link and select "Save Target As".
http://www.tankmastergunner.com/images/silent_night.mp3

On July 4, 2015 50 WWII Veterans were honored as the Grand Marshals of the 4th of July parade in Carmel Indiana.
Click here to see them in the parade and learn more about these men.


A special thanks to the following people who have made this memorial possible.
Ted Sullivan for allowing us to create the memorial on his property.
Don Hitchcock for building all the crosses and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider
Constance Bunn for mending the flags