This year’s theme is the 1862 issuance of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
CLARKSVILLE, IN (May 24, 2022) – The Town of Clarksville will continue its tradition of honoring our
fallen service members with a special Memorial Day Celebration this weekend. The event will take place
Sunday, May 29th at 2:00pm at the Veterans Place Memorial located behind Clarksville’s Town Hall.
The theme for this year’s event is the issuance of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation
Proclamation. On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued his preliminary proclamation, which
stated that enslaved people in those states or parts of states still in rebellion against the Union as of
January 1, 1863, would be declared free. According to the National Archives, “roughly 179,000 black
men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the
Navy. Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war.”
We will honor the memory of these soldiers and all other service members who died defending our
freedom with patriotic music, the Clarksville Police Honor Guard, a gun salute by American Legion Post
204, the playing of TAPS, and much more. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to
What: Clarksville Memorial Day Service
When: Sunday, May 29th – 2:00pm
Where: Veterans Place Memorial, 200 Broadway Street, Clarksville (Behind Clarksville’s Town Hall)