Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown wants the event to be special.
Recently, Brown informed The Brazil Times he hopes to make contact with the families of the 10 Clay County soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War for a re-dedication ceremony for the county's Vietnam War Memorial, which sits on the Clay County Courthouse lawn.
"I think we need to honor them," Brown said. "I'd like to contact all the families for the re-dedication and send them a personal invitation."
The re-dedication, scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7, will coincide with the Clay County Loyalty Day festivities. It was set up to honor Army PSgt. Harold Dickerson, who lived in Poland. Dickerson was a casualty of the Vietnam War, but his name was never added to the memorial.
Clay County Veterans Service Officer Mike Holland, in a joint effort with Center Point resident John Nicoson, began searching for members of Dickerson's family in the fall of last year, hoping to let them know they planned to have his name added to the memorial, which was erected in the 1970s.
After making contact with Dickerson's family, some of which were discovered living in Rockville, the re-dedication was scheduled.
Dickerson was the second of 10 Clay County soldiers to die in action during the war. He died as a result of hostile gun or small arms fire in the Kontam Province of South Vietnam.
Brown has taken on the task of getting in touch with all the families of the 10 soldiers to personally invite them to the event.
"I have been in touch with some of the families," Brown said. "The response from the families has been good."
Brown added new nameplates listing all 10 soldiers were recently added to the memorial. In addition to the names, the dates of the soldiers' deaths were also added. Names were listed alphabetically on the previous nameplates.
"It's been a long time coming," Brown said.
Brown added the memorial, which sits on the northwest corner of the courthouse lawn, would be re-landscaped in the future.
"What I'd like to see is to make it a memorial park," Brown said.
Indiana District 44 State Representative Jim Baird will be the guest speaker at the Loyalty Day event.
Brown added a fund has been established for the upkeep of the area. Donations may be sent to the Clay County Veterans Service Office, 609 E. National Ave., Room 104, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Families of the 10 soldiers are urged to contact Brown at the courthouse by calling 448-9008. For more information on the ceremony, call Holland at 448-9015.
The following is a list of the 10 names of Clay County soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. All the names have been placed on nameplates and attached to a memorial in their honor. The memorial sits on the lawn of the Clay County Courthouse. There are two nameplates, both of which state, "Dedicated To The Memory Of These Men Who Gave Their Lives in the Vietnam War:
* SGT. Max Wayne Batchelor, Oct. 4, 1967,
* PSGT Harold Dickerson, Nov. 11, 1967,
* CPL. Jack Gale Krider, Feb. 23, 1968,
* SP4 Dom E. Lee, March 14, 1968,
* CPL. Chester Ray McClelland, Aug. 23, 1968,
* 1Lt Charles Brent Ross, Sept. 11, 1969,
* SP4 Johnny Leon Young, Nov. 28, 1969,
* SP4 Zettie J.C. Dulin, April 27, 1970,
* PFC Gary Lee Rose, July 29, 1970, and
* HMT2 Gary Lee Boyce, Jan. 1, 1973."