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‘Remembering Our Fallen’

Mobile exhibit includes Versailles soldier tribute

“Remembering Our Fallen,” a mobile exhibit about Hoosier military service members who have died in action fighting the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, is coming to Batesville. Opening ceremonies for the display were held at the Batesville Memorial Public Library on Monday, Oct. 5. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Oct. 11, in the meeting room near the lobby during library hours: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This traveling exhibit has been seen at four Indianapolis locations, plus Evansville and Mishawaka. After the Batesville stop, it will move to Hobart and then to South Bend in March. There is no charge to view it; it’s sponsored by Weigel Funeral Home and the Batesville public library.

Organizer Jay Reichmuth said it’s different than many memorials such as the Vietnam Wall, which has names and dates, because “Remembering Our Fallen” also includes photos. The funeral director wanted to bring it here because “it’s unique to Indiana. It’s relevant because it’s all Hoosiers. There are some local individuals who were killed in action” – John Bishop, 25, Versailles, Chad Keith, 21, Batesville; and Anthony Seig, 19, Sunman. The library was chosen because of its central location, and the number of people who visit the library.

As reported in The Herald Tribune, Reichmuth learned that many states have created “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibits when he saw the Nebraska display at the national funeral directors’ convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He thought, “This is very touching.’ People would come up to the display and all of a sudden get very quiet.” That’s when he decided to explore the idea of sharing the Hoosier exhibit with area residents.

A national movement
• The national Web site has the motto “Man does not die until he is forgotten.”

• According to the site, “‘Remembering Our Fallen’ is a war memorial that consists of individual state memorials created to remember our country’s fallen from the war on terror since the Twin Towers fell ... But, unlike most war memorials made of brick and mortar, these are designed to travel so that more people can have the opportunity to remember our fallen while being reminded of the tremendous cost of our freedom. Its legacy will be that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken.

• “Our mission to create a memorial for every state began in 2011, and we hope to achieve that goal by 2016, when all 50 exhibits will be brought together for a national tour.” So far Indiana is one of 22 states that have completed exhibits.

• Persons may add a fallen hero, host or sponsor the exhibit by going to

• To schedule the Indiana “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit in an organization or community, persons may contact 317-466-2018 or

Job fair planned at Milan Legion

The Milan American Legion is looking for local businesses and anyone hiring in the area to participate in their job fair this coming November. The job fair is open to all veterans and to the public. Currently, the job fair will have local businesses and an opportunity to have on-site help with resume writing. Legion member Brian McBride thinks this event not only helps local businesses but also local veterans. If interested in getting involved with the job fair scheduled for November 6 at 11 a.m., contact McBride at or call the post at 812-654-9233 or visit the legion’s website at

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Nominate bicentennial torch carriers
Deadline is December 31.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is accepting torchbearer nominations from the public for the 2016 Bicentennial Torch Relay. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

The nomination form is available at Printed forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center in Versailles, 220 E. U.S. 50, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 812-689-7431 and an application can be mailed. The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process in each county will select torchbearers.

Developed by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. “We are very excited the Torch Relay will be stopping in Versailles, Osgood, Batesville, Sunman, and Milan,” noted Katherine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Director and Ripley County’s Bicentennial Coordinator.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees can be any age (torchbearers that are minors will be subject to additional youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016, in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The torch will pass through Ripley County the afternoon of September 17, according to Taul. Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.

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