Porter County Museum pays homage to veterans of Civil War
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent May 26, 2014 6:52PM
Union soldiers stand ready for their instructions at the civil war reenactment memorial day tribute Monday at the Porter County Musem. |Dan Shelton/Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 28, 2014 6:04AM
VALPARAISO — A Memorial Day gathering Monday at the Porter County Museum paid homage to the veterans of the Civil War, for whom the holiday began in 1868, and all veterans who lost their lives defending this country.
About 60 people gathered outside the museum for the program, put on by the David D. Porter Camp No. 116 of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. Those involved in the program were complete with period uniforms.
The event also included a flag folding ceremony, complete with an explanation of each of the 13 folds as the flag is folded into a tight triangle, stars side up.
The museum has hosted the memorial service for the past few years, said Kevin Pazour, the museum’s executive director. It also has been held on the courthouse square and at the Memorial Opera House, which was constructed in honor of Civil war soldiers who lost their lives.
In his opening prayer, past camp commander Bill Adams noted the “God of battles and peace,” and said, “In times of trouble, we have offered up men and women who might have died so we could live.”
Randall Eckley, with the Duneland chapter of the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, said there are some who say the spirits of the dead must live on, “and I believe on days like this it must be true.”
Since the close of the Civil War, he said, multiple generations have given their lives for this country. “Their courage and valor should be hallowed this day and every day.”
Camp member Pat Doyle paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln, reading from a couple of the president’s most famous speeches.
“He also became another tragic casualty of the Civil War,” Doyle said.
Valparaiso resident Kathleen Evans came to the memorial program for the first time.
“I’m a supporter of the museum and I think they have a wonderful, young, energetic staff doing many things, and I wanted to support them in their efforts,” she said, adding she was a history major in college. “This sort of thing is very interesting to me.”