Local Veterans Council Hosting Veterans Day Observance Saturday

honoringallflag-950Holland (Local Sources) – The Dubois County Veterans Council will host a special Veterans Day ceremony this Saturday.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the ceremony that will begin at 8:00AM with Mass at St. Joseph Church in Jasper.

The day will begin with an 8 a.m. mass at St. Joseph Church Jasper.  All veterans organizations from Dubois County will be represented and recognized and all groups are ask to join in the procession of posting their colors in the front of church.

American Legion Post 343 in Holland is hosting this year’s Veteran’s Council Veterans Day formal observance.

The program in H olland will begin at 2:00PM. with the posting of Colors and the singing of the National Anthem.

An opening prayer will be given by Chaplain Jim Meyer of Post 343.  That will be followed by the reading the names of local POWs by Steve Bartels.

Guest speaker for this Veterans Day observance will be Jim Koutz.

Koutz served as National Commander from 2011-2013 and Deputy Commander 1990-1991.

He is a Vietnam veteran (U.S. Army 1969-1971).  Retired from Amax Coal Loutz served as Warrick County Veterans Service Officer for 17 years.

Saturday’s ceremony in Holland will also include the Living Veteran Award to Albert Merkley of Schnellville.  The 90-year old Merkley is the one of the oldest living war veterans in Dubois County.   He was nominated for the award by the St. Anthony American Legion.

Albert served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946 during World War II.  He was involved in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa as a gunner on an escort aircraft carrier.

He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17; four of his older brothers were also served in the military during World War II.

Also on Saturday, Sergeant at Arms Bob Hunter of Post 343 will call the council’s Color Guard to attention and offer a 21-gun salute to honor all veterans, living and deceased.

Taps will be played by Allen Niehaus to honor all deceased veterans.

A closing prayer will be given by Chaplain Jim Meyers. Lunch will be served by Post 343 for all those in attendance.

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