From the office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

For the second year in a row, Evansville’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery has been selected as a Veterans Day Regional Site for annual Veterans Day observances. The designation, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee, recognizes the Veterans Day ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery as a model for communities across the country.

The designation means the Veterans Day National Committee will notify Indiana Gov. Mike Pence about the selection and encourage the Governor’s office to support Veterans Day activities at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, also provided a message of inclusion for the event.

“On Veterans Day, we pause to express our gratitude to those who have served our country, and to remember the sacrifices-large and small, physical and emotional they have made. These individuals prioritized our country over themselves,” McDonald stated in the message. “We must continue to honor and provide them the benefits and services they have earned and deserve. No matter if those who wore a uniform never saw combat, or never left U.S. soil, each one is a Veteran and deserves to be honored not only on Veterans Day but every day.”

The Vanderburgh County Veterans Council will host the annual Veterans Day Service at Oak Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will help place a wreath during the ceremony and will recognize the Veteran of the Year. Mayor Winnecke will also attend Veterans Day observances at Locust Hill Cemetery at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11. The service will be held inside the cemetery chapels in case of rain.