Several local celebrations and observances are planned for Memorial Day weekend.
- The Whiteland VFW‘s 12th annual biscuits and gravy breakfast. The fundraiser supports the Johnson County community van, which assists veterans with local transportation needs. Donations of $3 to $5 for the breakfast will go to the van fund. The breakfast will be served 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the New Whiteland VFW post, 215 U.S. 31, Whiteland.
- The Greenwood & Whiteland Veterans Of Foreign Wars and the Greenwood American Legion posts will jointly sponsor their annual Memorial Day service programs at each of the Greenwood cemeteries.The Greenwood and Whiteland honor guard and the Ladies Auxiliaries of each post will present the ceremony. The invocation, the setting of the wreath, rifle volley and Taps will be conducted in each of the five local cemeteries at the flagpole area. Services will begin at 9 a.m. at Rock Lane Cemetery followed at 9:30 by Greenwood Cemetery, 10 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 10:30 Olive Branch Memorial Garden and 11 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
- Volunteers are needed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin to help place flags on veterans’ graves. Meet at 10 a.m. at the cemetery office, 100 W. South St., Franklin. The Franklin American Legion will conduct a small program with a rifle volley and Taps by a bugler. Flags will be distributed to volunteers to be placed on the graves of all military veterans.
- Franklin American Legion will host a Memorial Day ceremony at the Johnson County Courthouse at 11 a.m. today, with a pitch-in at the post following. Franklin American Legion Post 205 is located at 1200 Park Ave. Call 317-738-9934 for more information.
- Ss. Francis & Clare Catholic Church, 5901 W. Olive Branch Rd, Greenwood, will conduct its 14th annual Memorial Day Service at 8:45 a.m. with patriotic music, followed by a special Mass with prayers and ceremonies honoring veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. After the Mass, attendees will walk to the flagpole where flags will be lowered to half-mast, as well as a playing of taps, three rifle volleys, and the singing of the national anthem. Refreshments will be served in St. Clare Hall.