Center Point United Methodist Church Rev. Randy Slavens is excited to be part of this year's Veterans Day at the Indiana State Fair on Sunday. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds.
"We want to make sure young people get involved," Slavens said, pointing out the ceremony will include music, scripture reading and special speakers, including U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan.
Several veterans will be on hand to reminisce and pay tribute to their fellow men and women who've served their country during a dedication and worship service.
"I really think our county should be proud they are supporting the veterans," Slavens, also a service veteran, said.
Clay County auditor Joe Dierdorf will sing the National Anthem at the event which will honor former Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Pearl Harbor and WWII veterans will be recognized. An advisor to Congress on Veteran's Affairs, retired Col. Don Moreau, of Center Point, helped plan the tribute.
Congregations of Ashboro and Center Point United Methodist Churches will provide the worship service and the Indiana National Guard will provide the Color Guard.
The program begins at 8 a.m. when the hospitality tent opens. At 9 a.m., the dedication/ worship service will take place. The Jackson Township Band will perform at 11:30 a.m., all at the Free Stage. At the Ortho-Indy Pavillion at 2 p.m., The Smoke River Band will perform and there will also be a Health Fair. A digital presentation of "Hoosier War on Terrorism" will be at 4 p.m. A parade will circle the fairgrounds starting at the Assembly area. Sha-Na-Na will perform in concert at 7:30 at the Grandstand.