Today is Veteran’s Day, and there are a number of events scheduled to honor the men and women who have served our country in the military.
The Indiana Elks lodge will hold its traditional free breakfast for veterans and active military beginning at 8 AM. Elks exalted ruler Robert McLelland will be master of ceremonies.
Indiana’s parade will march down Philadelphia Street from 5th Street to the county courthouse, starting at about 10:45 AM and culminating in a ceremony at 11 AM in front of the county courthouse. Veterans who cannot walk the parade route are invited to ride a special bus provided by Indigo, boarding at the American Legion.
Following the parade today the public is invited to the Silas M. Clark House at 6th Street and Wayne Avenue for the formal dedication of a statue honoring the more than 2,800 Union soldiers from the area who fought in the Civil War. The sculpture, titled “Rest On Arms”, stands at the home of the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society, which led the effort to create the monument along with the county Tourist Bureau and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, John T. Crawford Camp 43, of Armstrong County.
The placing of the statue at the Clark House is especially appropriate because it was the meeting place for the area’s chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic, the original Union veterans’ group. “Rest On Arms”, depicting a weary Union soldier, was crafted by Indiana County artist John McCombie.