500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

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Honor our fallen soldiers

The month of May in Indianapolis is a celebration of the world’s largest single-day sporting event in the world – the Indianapolis 500. Beyond that, the 500 Festival also embraces a very important holiday in the midst of its festivities – Memorial Day and a weekend to remember the sacrifices made by Indiana men and women who perished while serving in the armed forces.

Notable guest speakers will include 500 Festival Chairman of the Board, Ted Dickman, City of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the Honorable Governor MIke Pence.

The 2013 featured speaker is General Daniel B. Allyn the 20th commander of United States Army Forces Command. To read a full biography of General Allyn, find the press release here. Past speakers have included Tom Brokaw, General Peter Chiarelli (Vice Chief of Staff, US Army) and John. W. Miller (US Navy).

A wreath-laying ceremony dedicated to the memory of all Hoosiers in all wars and conflicts who sacrificed their lives in defense of the nation will take place while the names of those Indiana servicemen and women who have fallen within the past year will be read aloud.

A special horse-drawn caisson will be presented by the Indiana National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Ceremonial Unit.  The caisson carries the remains of the fallen service member, while the caparison horse trails behind.  This rider-less horse, with boots reversed in the stirrups, represents that a leader has fallen and will ride no more. A ceremonial flyover will conclude the service.

The Memorial Service is televised commercial-free on WNDY and broadcast by WFMS.

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