Members of the Last Man's Club (Korean Era) No. 5 of Brazil listen to speakers during a dedication ceremony for a time capsule that was buried May 31st. The ceremony recognized veterans of all branches and wars.
Area residents have a new way to honor United States military servicemen.
A memorial time capsule was buried in the Clay County Courthouse lawn on May 31st. It was dedicated by the Last Man's Club (Korean Era) No. 5 during a ceremony Saturday morning.
The time capsule holds military memorabilia and artifacts dating from the 1754 French and Indian War through the war in Iraq. Last Man's Club items and personal items from members of the group were also placed inside the capsule.
It is hoped the time capsule will be opened in 2056.
Brazil Mayor Tom Arthur said the United States "owes a debt of gratitude" to veterans of war during a speech at the ceremony.
State Rep. Andy Thomas was present to share his thoughts on the capsule with the crowd on the courthouse lawn.
"I feel a special connection to these brave men standing before you today because my father was also a veteran of the Korean War," he said. "When I see the somber look on his face when he remembers that time in his life, that look alone has taught me the depth of commitment that each soldier makes to this country.
"Let us today honor the brave men of the Last Man's Club on their 50th anniversary. Let us never forget their sacrifice for us and for the freedom that we enjoy."
Other dignitaries attending the ceremony included 38th Infantry Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffery Binder; Les Walden, Veteran's Administration; Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown and Ray Jefferies, a representative for the Disabled American Veterans also attended the ceremony.
The Brazil Veterans of Foreign Wars 1127 Color Guard presented the flags.
Letters of encouragement from Sen. Richard Lugar and Gov. Mitch Daniels were received, while phone calls from Congressman John Hostettler and a representative from President George Bush's office congratulated the group on their accomplishment.
The 13 Brazil natives who fought in the Korean War and formed the Last Man's Club 50 years ago are Bernard Meunier (deceased), Bill French (deceased), Jim Warren (deceased), Gene Herron (deceased), Bill Hicks, President John Forrest, Max Dickerson, Bob Stearley, Bob Miller, Chaplain Gene Mathews, Bob Clark, Harry Bolinger and Vice President Glenn Lawson.
Now, 50 years after the war, The Last Man's Club of Brazil has nine members remaining. Two members of the club came from Florida and one from Missouri to attend the ceremony.
Club President Forrest reminds members of the public to ask themselves, "Have I thanked a veteran lately?"