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More than 400 expected to attend local Flag Retirement/Veteran Appreciation Ceremony SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Sam Peden Community Park will be packed with images of patriotism at 2 p.m. on Sunday as active duty soldiers and military veterans come together with other community members to retire US Flags in an official ceremony. More than 400 people are expected to attend, including members of the American Legion Riders, a motorcycle club consisting of veterans. Mayor Jeff Gahan, Superior Court III Judge Maria Granger, and State Rep. Ed Clere plan to give remarks to kick off the event, which is sponsored by Personal Counseling Service, Inc.
Event organizer Scott Ham, a retired Command Sergeant Major, said he was surprised at the overwhelming response given when he began planning for the flag retirement. “I wanted 50 people to show up, but it looks like we'll have 400-plus,” he said. “I’ve gotten responses from folks from …City of New Albany including police and fire who are Veterans, VFW, American Legion and American Legion Riders, 22 Challenge,
Interlink, Boy Scouts of America, Metro EMS, National Guard and National Guard Family Readiness Group, among others!”
To honor all of these veterans, Ham encouraged the community to come out to the park to witness the flag retirement, but to also enjoy food and games and fellowship through 4 p.m. Much of the materials have been donated by New Albany Wal-Mart, who supports local events – particularly patriotic family events.
Personal Counseling Service, Inc. is sponsoring the event as part of their annual theme of “Invest In Life”, which recognizes the struggles and successes that military families and veterans face in their mental wellness on a daily basis. A full-service counseling center, PCS provides services specifically for military families and veterans who suffer from issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and adapting to family life after returning from deployment. PCS plans to continues its focus on veterans during the 7th annual Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards Dinner on Sept. 25, at which Colonel Pamela Stevenson will be the keynote speaker and nationally known patriotic singing group Ladies for Liberty will provide entertainment. Tickets are available by calling 812-206-4273 or online at www.pcs-counseling.org.
Special thanks to the following people for assisting in planning this event: Steve Santana, Tonya Fischer, New Albany Wal-Mart, Underproduction Mult-Media, Mayor Jeff Gahan, City of New Albany, New Albany Fire & EMS, New Albany Police Dept., Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Floyd County Parks and Recreation, American Legion & American Legion Riders, Interlink, Boy Scouts of America, Metro EMS, National Guard, National Guard Family Readiness Group.
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"PCS has been serving Southern Indiana and Metro Louisville
since 1959. The agency does tremendous work
and that's why I'm involved..." ~ Norm Melhiser
Nominations are now being sought for the 2015 Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards, which will be given during the 7th annual Samaritan Award Dinner scheduled for Sept. 25, 2015, in Plantation Hall at Huber's Orchard & Winery.
Each of the four Samaritan Awards recognizes community heroes who, through business, non-profit work, servant leadership or quiet, selfless giving, make a difference in the lives of locals. Click here to read a description of each of the award categories. Contact Amy Schneidau at 812-786-0299 for more information about the event.
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