[Around Town with Brett] Memorial Day in Goshen, Indiana


Memorial Day is a holiday which falls on the last Monday in May where we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Memorial Day also represents the unofficial start of the summer. 

Prior to becoming an official federal holiday in 1971, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day following the Civil War. Decoration Day received its name from the fact that Americans began "decorating" the graves of our fallen soldiers with flowers and reciting prayers. 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy


Now there are many traditions associated with Memorial Day. 

Many Americans visit cemeteries and memorials recognizing the heroes who not not only died in the service of our country, but also the heroes who served our country without having died during service. 

It is customary to fly your flags at half mast from dawn till noon to show respect to those who have died during service to America.

There are many parades held throughout the country, both big and small. Many families gather for time spent together.

Memorial Day in Goshen

How will we celebrate Memorial Day this year in the city of Goshen?

downtown Goshen ind.'s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014.

downtown Goshen ind.'s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014.

As reported by J.C. Lee of the Elkhart Truth:

8:45 a.m.
Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Ave.

The service at the Rogers Park footbridge will feature a color guard and a bugler performing taps. World War II veteran Robert Cotherman will toss a wreath into the Elkhart River to commemorate members of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard who gave their lives in service to their country.

9 a.m.
Elkhart County Courthouse, 101 N. Main St.

The court house service will feature speakers, a firing party, color guard and taps.

11 a.m.
Oakridge Cemetery,  437 N. 1st St.

Features a firing party, taps and a color guard. Those placing wreaths at the veterans area include Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman, Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson, Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink and Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers.

10:15 a.m. 
Parade begins at the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets.

The procession will walk north along Main Street, turn left at Pike Street, turn right on First Street and end at Oakridge cemetery. The parade will feature Boy Scouts, baton twirlers, fire trucks, color and honor guards and Goshen High School drummers, among other attractions. 

3 p.m. local time
National Moment of Remembrance

All Americans are asked to “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”

downtown Goshen ind.'s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014.

downtown Goshen ind.'s Memorial Day parade on May 26, 2014.

I would also encourage you to visit our local cemeteries, paying respect to the family members and friends who have served our country. 

Brett weddell for goshen city council at-large

Brett weddell for goshen city council at-large

Please join me as we honor our fallen heroes this coming Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. 

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The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.


Brett Weddell

I have lived in Goshen my entire life, 39 years this May. I married my high school sweetheart, Robin, and we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary this August. We have two energetic sons, Lleyton and Merrill, along with two border collies, Lex and Frannie. I attended Waterford Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High School and Goshen High School. The same schools my father attended and the same schools my children currently attend. Post high school, I received a Bachelor's in Optometry from Indiana University, Bloomington, followed by my Doctor of Optometry in 2001. Robin graduated from Goshen High School and is a Goshen College alum. I am co-owner of Wellington & Weddell Eye Care located in downtown Goshen. WWEC was founded in 1926 and has been a part of downtown Goshen since its beginning. As a small business owner, I bring to the table my experience with creating and meeting budgets and the ability to make difficult decisions required of leaders. As a healthcare provider, I exhibit compassion and empathy towards everyone. I am able to listen, and make decisions that directly affect my patients. I am always looking out for my patient’s best interests, just as I am serving my community.