While I consider Memorial Day the first (un)official day of summer and celebrate my day off with a great cookout, I fully support the purpose behind this federal holiday--a day set aside to remind us to remember, to think about those hundreds of thousand men and women who have served our country--and I am pleased that South Bend commemorates the day with such dignity.
While the last Monday of May is specially marked as a day of remembrance, it does not have to be the only day to set aside a moment to reflect on lives devoted in service to the United States. You can find war memorials at many local places, such as:
- Vietnam War Memorial, Howard Park
- Firemen Memorial, Seitz Park
- Soldier's Memorial (built in 1884 to commemorate Civil War veterans), Battell Park
- Veteran's Memorial Park (next to the Twyckenham Bridge off Northside Drive)
- The first Hoosier Catholic priest is buried in the Notre Dame log chapel.
- Schuyler Colfax, 17th Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant, is buried in the City Cemetery on Colfax Ave.
- Stan Coveleski, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, is buried at the Saint Joseph Cemetery off Western Ave.
- Knute Rockne is buried in Highland Cemetery off Portage.
- Co-founder of Studebaker Company, Clement Studebaker, is buried in Riverview Cemetary, near Highland Cemetary, off Portage.