Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Honoring our Fallen Heroes
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:
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".
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
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.
May we never forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country
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THE FOLLOWING ARE PICTURES OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL THROUGH OUT THE YEARS
May We Always Remember