Large crowd present for rededication of Peace Monument
Indiana State Senator Travis Holdman told those attending the rededication of the Adams County Peace Monument on Saturday afternoon that he liked the fact that the historical shrine was a tribute to peace, not war.
Holdman referred to a time when Mother Theresa was asked what could be done to promote world peace.
“She said, ‘simply go home and love your family. Start by making peace with the world around you,’” Holdman observed.
Holdman reminded those attending of the Gospel teaching, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The senator then referred to another Mother Theresa statement, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.”
“This monument represents a dynamic energy, fellow Amercans standing up for each other time and time again; it’s remarkable, peace, that age old value,” added Holdman.
It was October 30, 1913, when the original monument was unveiled and presented on the southwest side of the Adams County Courthouse. Over the past several months, an aggressive attempt has been made to restore the original monument, including restoration of a fountain, and to construct a wall lauding those veterans who have served the United States since the 1913 construction.
“This was very well organized. There was good support with more than ample funds to carry out the restoration,” said Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman, himself a distinguished veteran from Vietnam.
“This is a wonderful tribute to all Adams County veterans,” continued Bauman. “At first I wondered, ‘man, how are we going to afford this? They came and said they were going to need $40,000 to $50,000. Then it increased to $60,000. People stepped up to the challenge and it’s all taken care of.
“Things are a lot different now than when I came back from Vietnam,” added Bauman.
Members of the Adams County Color Guard posted the colors and Pastor Jerry Setser opened in prayer. Leah and Katie Smitley presented the National Anthem and several Adams County school children led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
There were presentations made by Berne Mayor Bill McKean and a representative for Decatur Mayor John Schultz, who had undergone emergency surgery prior to the event.
Music included school children singing, “God Bless America,” Rosie Fairchild singing, “America the Beautiful,” and a powerful rendition of, “I’m Proud to be an American,” by Ryan Hirschy.
Local Representative Matt Lehman referred to Psalm 37:37 as listing the key to peace in observing the upright.
“The future of peace lies with us, our children and our grandchildren,” said Lehman. “The future of peace lies in those who have served and those who are going to serve.”
Lehman referred to a plea by Abraham Lincoln in an attempt to reconcile peace between the north and south at the onset of the Civil War.
“Many of the names of those who served in the Civil War from Adams County are engraved on this monument,” said Lehman. “Thank you for this day for all of the honored veterans here. We have a great nation and a great state. Thank you to all who have served and who are represented by this monument.”
World War II veteran Mort Kneuss, a former deputy sheriff in Adams County, stated, “this is wonderful. Memories come and go and this brings back such special memories. You see things come and go as the years pass.”
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