Veteran's Day activities this year have a unique aspect as we will be honoring Marion Countians lost at sea while serving aboard the USS Indianapolis during WW II. The day will begin with a parade at 1:p.m. and will conclude with a showing of the newly released documentary, "USS Indianapolis: The Legacy". See flyer attached and additional information below provided by Becky Dalrymple.
The Veterans Day parade honors all Veterans and active service individuals. This year’s Grand Marshals will remember and honor the five Marion County men who were LAS (lost at sea) while serving aboard the USS Indianapolis.
The Indy secretly delivered the parts of the atomic bomb during WWII. Upon her return trip to Guam, she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank in only 12 minutes. When she failed to arrive at her destination, no one announced her non-arrival, and the survivors were in the Pacific Ocean for 4 1/2 days before being “accidentally” spotted. Out of 1196 men, only 317 survived. None of our Marion County men were among the living. Marion County suffered the highest number of loss of any county in the entire US. These men will serve posthumously as Grand Marshals.
At 3:00 PM a presentation about the men and the Indy will be given by the son of the ship’s dentist, who also perished, and the newly released documentary: USS Indianapolis The Legacy will be shown. This documentary focuses on the 19 remaining survivors telling what actually happened.
Please join us. Thank you. Becky Dalrymple 423 802 5401