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...a place to find peace and be with those who gave us peace...

Photo by Joe Harpring of The Republic Newspaper

The Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans is a tribute to all those, living and dead, who answered the nation's call in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st century.

The founding members Veterans Memorial

Located on the south lawn of the Bartholomew County Courthouse, imposing limestone columns serve as sentinels of honor for those of Bartholomew County who made the supreme sacrifice while in service of their country.

The names of 174 men and 1 woman are inscribed at the bases of the 40-foot columns so that their memory will be perpetuated for this and future generations.

The center columns contain messages from and about them, poignant reminders that they were more than names and numbers.

The columns are the centerpiece of a park dedicated not just to those who gave their lives but to all who proudly wore the uniforms of our nation.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum staff and the 95ers were tasked to raise a large amount of funds from the community to help build the memorial. This group has been the prime mover for many programs and ceremonies conducted at the memorial park including Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs.

The Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

As you walk through the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans you see the names and letters of the 175 who made the supreme sacrifice while in the service of our country. A visit to the Memorial is an emotional experience for most everyone who walk by the limestone columns. A quiet, personal visit at night is especially poignant.

Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck's name is inscribed on the Memorial. The former air base chapel at the Columbus Municipal Airport was dedicated in her honor.

Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans Ground Breaking Ceremony

Past events at the Memorial (click on photos for full size viewing)

Memorial Day 2006 was a two part program with Zack Ellison a USMC Vietnam Veteran the featured speaker for the first portion at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans, then the crowd moved across the memorial block to the POW MIA Plaza for the second portion which honored PFC Charles Dennis Chomel, USMC, the only MIA from Bartholomew County from the Vietnam War. Starting with the photo on the left is Zack Ellison, the memorial for Dennis Chomel, Mayor Fred Armstrong, Vietnam Veteran and high school classmate of Dennis, the Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit folding the flag, and Major General Mark Pillar, USAF presenting the flag to Dennis' sister Angela Higgins.


Memorial Day 2005 was moved indoors because of the rain. John Foster of White River Broadcasting MC's the day's events. John, an Air Force Veteran hosts many community events particularly the ones that pay tribute to those who have and are serving in uniform. L to R Chaplain Dick Yeaton, Chaplain Barry Wright, Captain Craig Hawes, Harry McCawley, John Foster at the podium, the ladies of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary.

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Memorial Day 2004 at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. The Bartholomew County Color Guard posts the Colors at the Memorial. U.S. Congressman Mike Pence delivers the keynote address. Congressman Pence is a staunch supporter of the military and veterans. Students from Lincoln Middle School read the names of military personnel from Indiana killed in the war on terrorism. The students are Kelsey Gower, Dillon Miller, Simone and Sierra Robinson.1st Lt. Everett "Wayne" Baker a decorated Indiana Army National Guard Iraq War Veteran presented a City of Columbus flag to Mayor Fred Armstrong a decorated Vietnam Veteran. The flag few in Iraq. (Photos by Mike Dickbernd, The Republic Newspaper)

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John Foster, White River Broadcasting Director of Broadcasting introduces U.S. Congressman Mike Pence at the 2004 community Memorial Day service. Indiana Army National Guard Chaplain, Captain Barry Wright delivers a moving Memorial Day prayer.

Veterans Day 2003 at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans with Nolan Bingham, decorated Vietnam Veteran the featured speaker. Children from Lincoln and Southside elementary schools participated and their songs honored Veterans. Brenda Winget and her great-granddaughter, Breanna Mullins were part of the families of the area Veterans that passed away during the year. Their names were read and a balloon released in their honor. Brenda's husband, Ronald Winget was one of the Veterans honored. (Photos by Mike Dickbernd of the Republic Newspaper)


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Memorial Day photos by Michael Dickbernd, The Republic Newspaper

May 2003 Community Memorial Day Service at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. A large crowd gathered at the memorial. Harry McCawley, Associated Editor of The Republic Newspaper reads "Letters Home" from military service members. The Bartholomew County Color Guard post the colors. Museum Volunteer, Gustav Potthoff, far right in photo number four, bows his head in prayer. Gus is Bartholomew Counties longest held POW. Gus was a POW of the Japanese during WWII from 1941 to 1945. Reverend Bill Weaver blows taps.

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Memorial Day 2003 photos by Museum Staff

Bartholomew County Color Guard members wait their duty. Chaplain Richard Yeaton delivers the POW MIA prayer. Harry McCawley reads "Letters Home." POW MIA advocate, Jerry addresses the crowd. The Lincoln Elementary School Choir sing patriotic songs. 

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Veterans Day 2002 at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. A crowd of over 600 attended what was called by many, the most emotional and caring program to date at the Memorial. From left to right photos, State Senator Robert Garton addresses the crowd. Senator Garton is the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate. The second photo is Harry McCawley with a reading from Ernie Pyle. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd during this reading. The third photo is of Harvey Leggett Jr., the featured vocalist. Photo number four is again of Senator Garton. Photo five give you some idea of the large crowd. Many were standing around the four hundred seated guests. 

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Memorial Day 2002 featured speaker Brigadier General Mark A. Pillar, Chaplain Richard Yeaton, vocalist Harvey E. Leggett, Jr.

Military Color Guard from 2nd Battalion 150th Field Artillery post the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Memorial.

Speakers platform guests at attention during a program at the Memorial. The 95ers and Museum volunteers have involved students from community schools in the programs. 


By Richard J. Yeaton, Colonel, Staff Chaplain, IGR

Our heavenly Father, we are here assembled on the Memorial Day to remember our dead and honor their sacrifice. In large measure they have given us the American heritage we cherish.

We pray for those now living who have in their hands the dreams of continuing that heritage for our children, and their children-and their children's children.

If it pleases You, O God, stir within us the embers of our past when we respected and honored our God and believed that the heritage of freedom, right-living and peace was Your gift to our nation. Provoke our conscience that this prayer may be for each of us personal, sincere and courageously visionary that the American dream will one again include your Divine Presence among us all.

To these ends I pray this prayer:

I pray for our President and for every elected and appointed official who serves under him.

I pray that You will build a spiritual wall of protection around the marriages and families of every national, state and local official.

I pray that You will give our leaders the wisdom and the courage to uphold our Constitution which established a republic based on Your absolute laws, not upon a democracy based on the changing whims of man's reasoning.

I thank You for the dedicated men and women who serve in our armed forces. We pause in remembrance of these who have gone before them, often serving in harm's way to protect the liberties we enjoy today.

Each Memorial Day carries with it a conscience; a conscience bought with the blood of countless men and women who fought and died for this unique nation-The United States of America. Lord, on this Memorial Day, as we see families drawn together to remember their loved ones who line in cemeteries across our county and beyond, I pray that each one here will reach deep within to recall what this nation was founded to be, and can be-one nation "under God." Give us that sense of conscience that reaches up to demand a course of national resolve that ultimately brings You the glory You deserve.

I pray that You will rebuke Satan for the deception of his lie that we can be "as gods" in deciding for ourselves what is right and what is wrong. All too often we condemn what is right and applaud what is evil.

O LORD, may our leaders cast down every law, policy, and personal example which weakens marriages, families, or Your moral standards. And then, Lord, help us, who give our leaders their power, to under gird them with our prayers.

I pray that each of us will understand and follow the principles of Your Word. May we realize that ultimate authority comes from You, our Sovereign Lord-not our leaders-and that one day we will all stand before You to give an account of personal stewardship as citizens of these United States.

I base this prayer on the promise of Your Word, that if we will humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, than You will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land.

In the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.


May 28, 2001

Richard Yeaton is one of the original 95ers and works with the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum on special events.


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