Rally for troops Sunday on square
A rally to support all the troops involved in the war against Iraq will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. on the square in Corydon.
The rally is being planned by Debbie and Paul Nelson of Corydon, whose son, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brett Nelson, 23, was on the ‘point of the spear’ as Coalition forces marched on Baghdad earlier this month.
Vaughn Timberlake of Corydon, chairman of the board and a founder of Community First Bank, and a scout and reconnaissance helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, will be the speaker.
The Rev. Webster Oglesby, pastor of Lincoln Hills Christian Church, will speak to those whose family members are serving in the armed forces. He will also sing and offer prayer for those who were wounded, killed or missing in action. It is believed that 128 U.S. servicemen and women have lost their lives during the war against Iraq.
Ed Simon, commander of Old State Capital Post 2950 in Corydon, and Florence Hedges, president of the VFW Auxiliary, will be present with contingents from their groups. They will put up flags in honor of MIAs and POWs.
WHAS-Radio personality Scott Fitzgerald will be the master of ceremonies. Nelson said Fitzgerald, a Navy veteran, hosted a rally in Louisville and encouraged her to hold a rally in Corydon.
The Nelsons had not heard from their son since he wrote a letter to his wife, Leslie, on March 30. But Leslie, 24, got a letter Monday, which said Brett was OK in southern Iraq and had just received three packages in the mail. His unit hadn’t stopped moving since they left Kuwait on March 20.
Before being sent to the Middle East, Nelson had been a member of the ‘Yankee Whites’ Marine unit that guarded the president at the White House and Camp David.
The women of the VFW will serve refreshments donated by local vendors. Everyone is encouraged to bring flags and photographs of their loved ones in the armed forces, said Debbie Nelson, who is hoping for a crowd of 500 or more.
The rally is sponsored by the Corydon State Capital Historic Site.