Kosciusko Honor & Remember will observe "Agent Orange Day" at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Oakwood Cemetery.

An inscription honoring Americans who have been affected by chemical, biological and radiological exposure while serving in the Armed Forces will be unveiled at the newest Legion circle. A "memory basket" will be present at the event where persons who have lost a loved one can write their name on a card that will be read.

According to the History Channel,  "Agent Orange was a powerful herbicide used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover and crops for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. The U.S. program, codenamed Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 20 million gallons of various herbicides over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos from 1961 to 1971.

“Agent Orange, which contained the deadly chemical dioxin, was the most commonly used herbicide. It was later proven to cause serious health issues – including cancer, birth defects, rashes and severe psychological and neurological problems – among the Vietnamese people as well as among returning U.S. servicemen and their families."

Agent Orange has been called the last battle of the Vietnam War because many came home and suffered its affects.  

"Americans have suffered from chemical, biological and radiological exposure especially since the 20th Century," said Ken Locke, Kosciusko Honor & Remember chairman. "We want to honor them for their service with many who currently are fighting their last battle or have lost their lives after coming home."



GWMA buys flags for Oakwood

Also, The Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association purchased new flags and poles for the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, including an Indiana state flag to compliment "Old Glory" in addition to new poles and stands.

The chapel serves families during inclement weather and special ceremonies.  

"We wanted to help the cemetery in a tangible way to thank them for the great service they give to our community and honor our state and nation at the same time," said Locke, GWMA director.