Hayswood site for first Trail of Valor
The Memorial Trail of Valor ‘ a new event to recognize the sacrifice of Hoosier men and women ‘ will open Sunday afternoon and continue daily through Monday, May 30, at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon.
A musical prelude Sunday at 3 p.m. by all the high school bands in Harrison County will be followed by a welcome and brief presentations by Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and former Ninth District Congressman Mike Sodrel and a ribbon-cutting to open the trail.
The memorial is along a short, paved trail in the woods adjacent to the Nature’s Way shelter house and features 17 commemorative and interpretive panels, including the history of Decoration Day and Memorial Day, and each of the wars Hoosiers have served in. Special recognition of each branch of the armed forces will be represented.
Volunteers from local veterans groups will be on hand to welcome and assist visitors.
Also on display will be the ‘Book of Names’ detailing those Hoosiers who gave their lives in wars since the Civil War. Fifty large flags will represent each of the states, while 1,488 small flags will represent the 37,196 Hoosiers who gave their lives in combat in the last 155 years (1:25 ratio).
On Sunday, May 29, from 9 to 11 p.m., there will be a candlelight memorial with a special lighted tour of the memorial trail conducted by local Boy Scout units.
The Memorial Trail of Valor is expected to be displayed annually at various Harrison County parks.