WEST LAFAYETTE -- In conjunction with this year's West Lafayette Homecoming Festival, a section of highway between Routes 93 and 83 will be dedicated to the memory of former West Lafayette resident Raymond Border.
He was fatally injured while on his third tour of military duty in Afghanistan in October 2011. Border was the son of Craig and Julie Border of West Lafayette, and a 1999 graduate of Ridgewood High School.
This year's festival, the 68th annual, will begin on Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m. The theme, Troops of the Stars and Stripes will focus on all troops such as military, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Mayor Jack Patterson will welcome the community at the Main Stage in Burt Park at 8 p.m. The dedication for Border will directly follow the Mayor's speech. Jim Barstow will be in charge of the veterans who will be present for the special dedication.
West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce President Orin Griffith said, "We (the Chamber) are so honored to be able to be a part of this dedication for Raymond Border. He was a great guy, liked and respected by many people. Several of his family members are involved with the Chamber. We are hopeful that as many people in the community as possible will attend to show their support of him and his family."
Griffith said he was hopeful that everyone will plan to attend the festival as well, too. The Chamber recently acquired their own official headquarters which will be noted this year, and located near the Eat Stand at Burt Park.
The Chamber is requesting donations of merchandise to be given away for prizes. The donations can be given in memory or honor of a loved one that is or was a United States veteran. The Chamber is also encouraging as many veterans as possible to consider riding on the veterans float in the parade on Friday evening. The parade line-up will begin at 6 p.m. and the parade will begin at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested in donating merchandise or participating in the parade can contact Christy Patterson at 740-502-2481 or Ed Chapdelaine at 740-545-6353.