Annual event honors soldiers who fought in WWII


The Seymour High School Marching Band performs in the 2011 V-J Day parade.

Americans celebrated the end of World War II with the U.S. victory over Japan on Aug, 15, 1945. Sixty-seven years later, Seymour continues to honor those and other veterans with its annual VJ Day Parade.

Set for 1 p.m. Sunday, the parade will feature a variety of veterans organizations and community groups, marching units and floats, said Daniel Boone, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 in Seymour.

The VFW organizes the parade, with the auxiliary providing a free community luncheon before and after the event.

“We average about 40 to 50 (parade) entries each year,” he said.

Over the years, some people have said the parade is disrespectful toward Japanese families living in the community, but Boone said the intent is to honor all veterans who have served the United States.

A focus remains on those who served in World War II.

“If it weren’t for them and other veterans, we wouldn’t be what we are today,” Boone said.

Three veterans will receive special recognition, leading the parade as grand marshals. They are Donald Herther of Washington County, who was stationed with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in World War II; Marj Vierling Hennig of Seymour, who served in the Women’s Army Corps during the Vietnam era; and Stanley E. Furnish of Jennings County, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later the Army Reserve.

Hennig will the be first female veteran to be selected as parade marshal.

“Women have played an important role in supporting and serving the military, and it’s an honor to have her as one of our marshals,” Boone said.

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