|Dedication for new Global War on Terrorism Monument to be held Saturday|
This Saturday, July 4, as the country celebrates our Independence, the Town of Sellersburg will also be celebrating. The Sellersburg Town Council, led by Brad Amos, have been working on a monument to honor local soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom during the Global War on Terrorism. Saturday the new monument located at Wilkerson Park will be unveiled.
The dedication and unveiling ceremony will begin at 12 noon. The 45 minute ceremony will include special guest speaker Todd Young, Rev. Bob Hauselman, the Color Guard from American Legion Post #204 and a possible Osprey fly over. The national anthem will be performed by Jeff Schreiber.
The first name on the monument will be Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears. Spears died on October 1, 2014 during a mission on an MV-22 Osprey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Persian Gulf. Spears, a life long resident of Clark County, and a 2011 graduate of Silver Creek High School, will be honored during a ceremony to dedicate the monument.
During the ceremony 34 Marines from Spears’ squadron will be in attendance from Miramar to honor their fellow Marine and friend.
According to Amos, the monument will be ready mid week and unveiled for the first time during the special ceremony.
“We are just trying to bring something positive to our town. We have had people donate to help with the cost and people want to help,” Amos stated. “We just want people to feel like this is their monument. We want them to feel like the monument is a part of them, a part of this community.”
Amos also shared the plan to hold the ceremony on the holiday.
“We will have the ceremony and then you can watch the parade plus have a nice dinner,” Amos added about the American Legion’s annual event.
The American Legion #204 will hold their annual parade beginning at 2 p.m. The parade will travel down Utica to the American Legion Post, directly past Wilkerson Park.
Along with the parade, the Legion will host several events during the day. A fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner will be $7. Live bands, sponsored by High Caliber Cabinetry, will also entertain the crowd before the nightcap of a fabulous fireworks show. The Silver Creek Band will perform beginning at 5 p.m. Majik Jack will take the stage at 7 p.m.
A beer garden, sponsored by Southern Indiana Excavating, will also be featured.
The grand finale will be a fireworks show, sponsored by the American Legion. The fabulous fireworks show will begin just after dark. The fireworks show may be viewed from the American Legion #204 parking lot area.