Armed Forces Day, which is May 19th this year, will be celebrated with the unveiling of Jefferson County Veteran Banners.
Next Saturday they will be unfurled honoring the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
A sixth banner will pay tribute to Madison’s own Major Samuel Woodfill, the only Hoosier solider to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War I for his service to our country.
The remaining 54 veteran banners honoring local veterans will already be hung in anticipation of this event.
The Armed Forces Day event will be held at Bicentennial Park in Madison and is set to begin at 11 am, followed by a complimentary community picnic of hot dogs and chips.
Bottled water will be provided by the American Red Cross of Madison and all visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Music will be provided by the collaboration of band members from Madison Consolidated High School, Shawe Memorial High School and Southwestern High School.
Honorary guest speakers will include Madison Mayor Damon Welch; Robert Woodfill, nephew of Major Samuel Woodfill; and Jefferson County Commissioner David Bramer.
Happy Smith, an active member of the Madison Main Street program, brought the idea to a number of local organizations and through collaborative efforts, the Veterans Banner Program was initiated.
The Veteran Banners will be displayed along Madison’s beautiful riverfront and along Broadway and West streets. All local businesses and homeowners are encouraged to display their own American Flags for this special occasion and event.
First observed on 20 May 1950, Armed Forces Day was created on August 31st, 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches
Sponsors for this event include the City of Madison, Indiana, Visit Madison, Inc., Clifty Creek Chapter Sons of American Revolution, The Jefferson County Veterans Council, Madison Main Street Program, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, Jefferson County Tourism Board, the Jefferson County Genealogical Society, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #55, Madison Elks Lodge #524, American Legion Post #9 Riders, American Red Cross of Madison, Larry Newhouse, Robin and Margot Henderson, Happy Smith, and Allen Manning.
This event will occur wheter it is raining or shining.