By James Feichtner
There are many ways to honor America’s veterans. For Whitestown, it’s not only by renaming its town center and a portion of County Road S. 700 E. in honor of veterans, but also by developing a Veterans Committee.
“During Memorial Day this year, through lots of self-reflection and prayer, I came to the conclusion that Whitestown needed to do more to honor our veterans,” Whitestown Council President Eric Miller said. “That is why I announced in June the intent of the Whitestown Town Council to create a permanent Veterans Committee to help identify additional ways in which we can all better honor our veterans.”
Working in close contact with the American Legion and the town council, the committee aims to help further facilitate veteran-related affairs, events and activities within the community.
“I envision the committee working closely with American Legion Post 410 and the town council to increase the awareness of local veteran’s issues and needs,” Miller said. “The committee would also work to organize ceremonies to be put on by the town for veterans holidays and eventually put on events and/or activities that will promote a better understanding and appreciation amongst residents of the achievements, contributions and sacrifices our veterans have made.”
For American Legion Post 410 board member Ron Domres, his hope for the committee will be to increase legion membership.
“The new veterans getting out of the service today, they’re not joiners like my generation was,” Domres said. “Our hopes are that it will give us some good, positive exposure in our community, and we’ll get more new members coming in.”
The committee is expected to be operational by October.