Veterans memorial honors Madison native
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:00 AM
A Madison native will be honored for his military service during a military veterans memorial event in Clarksville this week.
The Indiana Salute to Veterans will host a traveling display including a replica of the Vietnam Wall, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and John F. Kennedy Gravesite on the Clarksville City Hall lawn from Thursday through Sunday. The event, which was held last year, allows the Memphis-based non-profit organization to honor active and retired military, as well as teach and educate the public of the military sacrifices for the country.
Madison native Robert E. Hyden, now a Clarksville resident, will be honored along with Sellersburg native William J. Waiz Sr. for their military service during World War II with a wreath-laying ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Hyden was born in Madison in 1922. He joined the Army National Guard in 1939 before serving with the 13th Airborne Division after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a memorial guide said. Hyden served with the Airborne Division for six years. He retired from his military service in 1980 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He later retired as technician with the Indiana National Guard.
Prior to the ceremony to honor Hyden, a 'wall escort' will help to bring the traveling memorials to their temporary home beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Thousands of motorcycles are expected to travel from Clarksville through Jeffersonville, Charlestown, Sellersburg and New Albany before a final stop at the Clarksville Town Hall.
Memorials will open to the public at noon on Thursday with special ceremonies and keynote speeches throughout the four-day event.
More information about the memorial, events and other tributes may be found online at www.indianastv.com.