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On a mission to honor all who served

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The photography work of Indiana World War II photographer John Bushemi will be on display at the Clay County Museum until Friday, Sept. 24. The exhibit is currently on loan from the Indiana Historical Society. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
In June, Vickie Mace traveled to Indianapolis to visit the state's war memorial, located at 431 N. Meridian St.

There, she had the opportunity to see memorials for service men and women from past wars, including World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Mace's father fought in World War II. She hoped to see his name on the kiosk, which stands in the memorial for World War II veterans.

To her surprise, his name was not included.

Now, the Clay County Historical Society President is on a mission to get all the names of Clay County veterans placed on the kiosks at the memorial.

"I felt like we owed it to the men who have served us," Mace told The Brazil Times. "The memorial is for them. We need to have their names up there."

She said there were several names of veterans on the World War I kiosk. However, there were few on the remaining three.

She proceeded to contact Chase Brazel, who works with the Veterans Database for the Indiana War Memorial Museum, who gave her information she needed to help add names from Clay County to the memorial.

Mace has already made contact with local funeral homes and the Clay County Recorder's Office, located in the Clay County Courthouse.

She has placed slips at these locations, which detail information the Indiana War Memorials need to place names.

"We have a lot of veterans and this war memorial is for them," Mace said. "I felt like that wasn't right. If people don't know, we can't fix it."

The slips ask for names of service men and women, branch of military, hometown, rank, unit information, battles, awards, and more.

The information will also be provided at the Clay County Museum Open House, scheduled to take place from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, at the museum.

Mace said the Open House is a "Salute to Veterans."

Refreshments will be available at the event.

Currently, the Clay County Historical Society has a photography display on loan from the Indiana Historical Society of Indiana photographer John Bushemi, who died while on assignment during World War II. Bushemi was from Indiana.

In addition, the Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matt Huber, will perform at the event.

Door prizes will be handed out during the event as well.

"We want to get the word out," Mace said. "People can come to the museum, take the slips and fill them out and send them themselves, or give them back to the museum."

Mace said she plans to continue the project after the Open House Saturday.

"We'll just keep doing it indefinitely," she said. "I know we'll never get all the names, but if we can double or triple what's on there, I'll feel good about that."

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A very worthwhile project. I wish you the best of luck in achieving your goal.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 10:43 AM

I agree with Localguy and Good Luck!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 1:26 PM

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