2018-08-15 / Front Page

WWII VETERAN RAY KERR WELCOMED HOME WITH PATRIOTIC DISPLAY


There were 100-plus motorcycles escorting 95-year-old World War II veteran Ray Kerr home to his family reunion Friday evening. Kerr, who now makes his home upon a mountaintop in Pennsylvania, grew up in nearby Brazil and was making the trek from Indianapolis International Airport to Brazil, escorted by police and motorcycles and greeted by patriot community members along the way. More photos can be found inside today’s Hoosier Topics. 
SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD There were 100-plus motorcycles escorting 95-year-old World War II veteran Ray Kerr home to his family reunion Friday evening. Kerr, who now makes his home upon a mountaintop in Pennsylvania, grew up in nearby Brazil and was making the trek from Indianapolis International Airport to Brazil, escorted by police and motorcycles and greeted by patriot community members along the way. More photos can be found inside today’s Hoosier Topics. SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD On Friday, August 3, a remarkable event took place in Putnam County.

Ray Kerr, a 95-yearold WWII veteran, a Navy pilot that fought in the Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima was welcomed home to attend a family reunion this past weekend.

Ray lives in a mountaintop cabin in Pennsylvania, but wanted to return to Brazil, where he grew up, to attend this reunion. Not only was this a family reunion, but a time to honor and hold a memorial service for his beloved wife, Barb, who passed away recently.


Endeavor Communication trucks with strobes displayed the American Flag to welcome “Uncle Ray” into Cloverdale. 
SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Endeavor Communication trucks with strobes displayed the American Flag to welcome “Uncle Ray” into Cloverdale. SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Ray arrived at the Indianapolis International Airport Friday afternoon and was welcomed at the Indy West Harley-Davidson in Plainfield, where riders packed the lot and them, along with a police escort, took Ray and his family to Brazil.

Along the way, the caravan made it’s way to the American Legion in Cloverdale where riders were able to catch-up. Members of the local community and beyond lined up to way and say hello to Ray on his journey. The group took State Road 42, ending at Forest Park in Brazil.



The guest of honor, Ray Kerr, was all smiles as he waved to those who gathered to welcome him home to the Hoosier state. 
SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD The guest of honor, Ray Kerr, was all smiles as he waved to those who gathered to welcome him home to the Hoosier state. SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD

Members of the Cloverdale Fire Department were on hand to greet Kerr. 
SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Members of the Cloverdale Fire Department were on hand to greet Kerr. SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD

Dixie the praying dog and his owners also took part in the event. 
SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Dixie the praying dog and his owners also took part in the event. SHAWNA RUSH | SPENCER EVENING WORLD

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