Veterans Memorial Shrine to host “Watch Fire” event

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) -The Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum in Fort Wayne has announced a “Watch Fire” event on Friday, May 22nd at 2122 O’Day Road starting at 6 pm.

This will be the 32nd Watch Fire at the local memorial. It is held each May to honor fallen heroes. Logs are put on the fire to honor all veterans who served for our freedom and died. They all answered the call and their services to our country and families are honored by remembering them at this event.
“Watch Fires” date back as far as 1735 as General George Washington used “Watch Fires” to alert his troops of enemy positions. “Watch Fires” were used during the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 to alert lost or wounded troops on where to find medical help and friendly shelter from the enemy.

Roy Vierck, the organizer of the event, says, “this annual event is very popular with veterans of all wars. Family members may have a soldier’s name read at the dedication,” by submitting their veteran’s name at the website before Friday, May 22nd.”

The ceremony will kick-off at 6 pm and logs remembering veterans will be placed at the ceremonial fire ring for a full 24 hour period, until 6 pm the next day. The public is welcome to attend.