La Porte’s Memorial Day ceremony stirs sentiment and pride


A tradition for decades, La Porte’s Memorial Day ceremony always evinces feelings of reflection, tradition, and most of all, pride. Generations of citizens gathered at the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater in Fox Park Monday to honor the departed, particularly military men and women. As is tradition, auxiliaries of local veterans organization presented wreaths representing each war and conflict, veterans raised the flag, and a 21-gun salute honored vets. WNLP’s Mike Kellems provided these stirring shots from Monday’s ceremony. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Military rifles are at “stack arms” and topped with a World War I helmet as Old Glory waves in the background.

A retired U.S. Army master sergeant welcomes attendees.

With the La Porte County Courthouse in the background, the American Flag is raised by members of the American Legion.

As per tradition, the names of all military veterans who have died in the past year are read at the ceremony.

A member of the La Porte City Band plays “Taps” near the close of the ceremony.

A member of the American Legion’s firing party stands next to the American flag for the 21-gun salute.

La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody delivers the keynote address.

U.S. Army Private Dalton Durbin salutes as the National Anthem is performed by the La Porte City Band.

Attendees and auxiliary members listen to the La Porte City Band.

2 Responses to “La Porte’s Memorial Day ceremony stirs sentiment and pride”

  1. lawman

    Jun 01. 2021

    point of correction-the flag was raised by members of Vietnam Veterans, Inc. Let me add that the new park facilities are tremendous. smooth concrete to walk on now and very accessible restrooms. thank you. band was super-all in all a great service well organized by various groups.

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  2. Mike K

    Jun 01. 2021

    “lawman” Thank you for catching the error.

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