CLARKSVILLE, IN (May 24, 2022) – The Town of Clarksville will continue its tradition of honoring our fallen servicemembers with a special Memorial Day Celebration this weekend. The event will take place Sunday, May 29th at 2:00pm at the Veterans Place Memorial located behind Clarksville’s Town Hall.
The theme for this year’s event is the issuance of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued his preliminary proclamation, which stated that enslaved people in those states or parts of states still in rebellion against the Union as of January 1, 1863, would be declared free. According to the National Archives, “roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war.”
We will honor the memory of these soldiers and all other servicemembers who died defending our freedom with patriotic music, the Clarksville Police Honor Guard, a gun salute by American Legion Post 204, the playing of TAPS, and much more. There will also be a special moment after the ceremony as Clarksville Boy Scout Troop 4010 use the Town’s new flag retirement burn pit for the first time. That retirement pit was recently turned over to the Town Council by Eagle Scout Jeffrey Braden.
All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.
WHAT: Clarksville Memorial Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, May 29th – 2:00pm
WHERE: Veterans Place Memorial – 2000 Broadway Street, Clarksville – (Behind Town Hall)