Special Events & Festivals

Service to veterans

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Leona Van Meter (left), of Peabody Retirement Community, in North Manchester, explains services available to United States Army Reserve veteran Rex Plasterer, of Roanoke, during the Veterans Expo held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Huntington National Guard Armory. A total of 28 vendors, including military organizations, elected representatives and the YMCA were on hand to offer special services and discounts to the veterans in attendance.

Veteran speak

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United States Army veteran Jim Shoustal (left) chats with Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Tim Eckert at the Veterans Expo Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the National Guard Armory in Huntington. It is the second year for the event, which seeks to connect veterans with services such as VA health care enrollment, obtaining military records and employment.

Salute to veterans

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students of Flint Springs Elementary School sing a patriotic song as part of an all-school salute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 10, in the school gymnasium. The program was presented to a standing room only crowd of parents, grandparents and others, many of whom served in the armed forces.

History of 'Taps'

Photo by Steve Clark.

Thomas Aquinas Parker reads the history of “Taps,” the bugle call that is played during military funerals, during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. Parker is the grandson of Thomas Parker, a Navy corpsman who died in the Vietnam War. A bronze statue commemorating the fallen Parker, whose body was never recovered, was unveiled during the ceremony.

Huey fllight

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An American Huey 369 that was flown in the Vietnam War passes over Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day fly-over

Photo by Steve Clark.

A pair of fighter planes fly over Memorial Park during the Huntington Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day Parade

Photo by Steve Clark.

Walkers in the Huntington Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, hold up pictures of local servicemen who lost their lives in combat.

Local Veterans Day program to feature Vietnam War dead monument

A Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Park’s Veterans’ Memorial in Huntington will include the dedication of plaques honoring Huntington County men who died in Korea and Vietnam, as well as the unveiling and dedication of a monument to the Vietnam War dead.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, following a parade down Huntington’s main street.

The parade will leave Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and travel east on MacGahan Street, south on North Jefferson Street and west on West Park Drive to Memorial Park.

Appreciation of service

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Army AGR SSG Jeremiah Stoffel (left), of Huntington, and his family (from left) Garrett Stoffel, 10, wife Danielle Stoffel and Kyler Stoffel, 7, enjoy the program presented by the students and staff of Lancaster Elementary School during the veterans appreciation breakfast held Wednesday, Nov. 8. Garrett and Kyler are both students at the school, while their mother is on staff as a paraprofessional. Attendees heard patriotic songs from the Lancaster choir and witnessed the changing of the American Flag at the school’s flagpole.

Fair day for veterans

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Linda Carroll (left), of Huntington, and her husband, Roger Carroll, an Air Force veteran, chat with Maureen Flynn, herself a retired Marine Corps veteran, about opportunities available with Habitat for Humanity and ReStore. The organization was one of 28 vendors at the second Veterans Expo held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the National Guard Armory in Huntington.

Sheriff’s dept., ISP to feed vets Friday morning

Area veterans can get a free breakfast on Friday, Nov. 10, courtesy of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department with help from the Indiana State Police.

The breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, 220 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

“We’ll be serving a full breakfast, at no charge,” says Sheriff Terry Stoffel, who has organized the breakfast for several years.

Parade, memorial to be unveiled on Vets Day

An American Huey that was flown in the Vietnam War will be in Huntington during Veterans Day events on Saturday, Nov. 11.
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A Veterans’ Day parade and ceremony in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 11, will include the unveiling of the Vietnam Monument and a visit by an American Huey that was flown during the Vietnam War.

The American Huey was refurbished by John Walker, Walker’s brother and other volunteers at the American Huey 369 museum in Peru. The Huey will arrive at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Huntington North High School prior to the start of the Veterans Day parade.

Veterans will discuss their service during HU Foundation breakfast

Dr. Mike Rowley
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Dr. Mike Rowley, Huntington University professor of communications and an Army veteran, will moderate a panel discussion with HU students who are active military and veterans during the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Nov. 8.

The panelists share their experiences serving the United States.

Rowley served 10 years in the Army Reserves and, after serving a short term as an enlisted soldier, completed his bachelor’s degree while participating in the R.O.T.C. program. He graduated as a commissioned officer in the Army.

'Plein air' painting

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Dennis Albertson, of Hamilton, does some "Plein Air" painting at the annual Renaissance in Roaonke on Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Roanoke. The event featured "Plein Air" competitions, music, entertainment, food and children's activities.

Checking out the jewelry

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tammy Jordan (left), of Fort Wayne, and Amy Neher, of Roanoke, look over some crafted jewelry at aooth at the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 14. The annual event featured a juried outdoor art marketplace and fair on Main Street.