Race Month is so much fun in Indianapolis – the OneAmerica Mini Marathon, free family fun days, the amazing spectacle that is the Indianapolis 500. In the midst of so many amazing and wonderful events, it would be easy for a city to lose sight of the true meaning of Memorial Day. But Indianapolis cares more than that. Indianapolis is a city that cares for its citizens, its city, its community, its world and especially for those who have so valiantly fought to protect and preserve all of the above.
That’s why I’m so thankful that the city of Indianapolis keeps things in perspective every year with the 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls Royce. On Friday May 27th at noon on Monument Circle, you too can honor those heros fallen and living whom are the true reason for Memorial Day. Join General Peter W. Chiarelli, the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and former Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, to celebrate and be inspired. In addition to hearing the General’s wise words, you can witness a Joint Services Color Guard. And you can see a special performance by the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band and Capital City Chorus. In the age old military tradition, a funeral horse-drawn caisson presented by the Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit will be a part of the ceremony, too. The afternoon’s service will be concluded by a ceremonial flyover by the Indiana Air National Guard.
Obviously, the ceremony is free but the experience is rich. And if you can’t attend in person, you can be a part of the special day via radio (Thanks WFMS!) or commercial free TV (thanks WNDY!).
It’s great to be a part of a city who keeps first things first in the grand scheme of things, to live in a place that truly cares. It’s no wonder that in the heart of our city is a monument celebrating Sailors and Soldiers.