WARSAW — June’s First Friday event will honor all of the county’s military men and women who served during the Vietnam era. This month’s event won’t be limited to one night, as there will be events on Thursday, May 31; Friday, June 1; Saturday, June 2; and Sunday June 3. The largest traveling Vietnam wall replica will be at Central Park throughout the weekend.
The opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Glover Pavilion in Central Park. Warsaw’s Junior ROTC will post the colors, Warsaw Police Department Detective Sargent Brad Keller will sing the National Anthem, ROTC Cadet Alyson Owens will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Kosciusko County Veteran Affairs Officers Richard Maron will lead the invocation. Ken Locke will be the keynote speaker. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the event.
On Friday, June 1, a veterans appreciation ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Kosciusko Honor & Remember will recognize all of the county’s military men and women who served during the Vietnam Era. The Roll Call will be held in downtown Warsaw at the corner of Buffalo and Lake streets. Country music artist Jason Michael Carroll will perform a thank you concert following the event.
From 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, veterans and their families will be able to enjoy free breakfast, as well as free lunch from noon to 2 p.m. These meals will be a ticketed event for veterans honored in the ceremonies.
A memorial service for those who have passed will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3.
Along with visiting the traveling Vietnam wall, guests are encouraged to enjoy the patriotic art display at the Warsaw Alley and the Vietnam memories display at the Historical Society, Old Jail Museum.