126th Soldiers Reunion 2015
This is the longest running patriotic celebration in the US not based on a holiday. The week long celebration has continued annaully since conception on July 4, 1889 when veterans answered a statewide call for recognition of their wartime efforts and to receive their pensions. The week peaks tomorrow, Thursday, August 20, 2015 known as Reunion Day. The day begins around 9 a.m. as artists, craftsmen, local businesses and food vendors set up around the Courthouse Square. GMC Jazz will play a jazz concert from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American Legion hosts a mid-day fish fry at its headquarters for veterans. At 4 p.m., the Reunion Service begins on the east side of the Courthouse Square. Lt. Col. Frank Dean will be the guest speaker for the Soldiers Reunion Service at 4 p.m. on the east side of the 1924 Courthouse Square in Downtown Newton.