500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

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Honor Our Fallen Heroes

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.

2016 Distinguished Speaker

Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army, will serve as the distinguished speaker at the 2016 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. Joining Lieutenant General Anderson at the Memorial Service: Governor Mike Pence, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Major General Courtney P. Carr, The Adjutant General of the State of Indiana.


The 500 Festival Memorial Service will include the joint service color guard presentation of colors and performances by the Capital City Chorus and the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band. 

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 service members who have fallen within the past year are read aloud.

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

The 500 Festival Memorial Service is sponsored and supported by Rolls-Royce, OneAmerica, The American Legion, WFMS 95.5 FM and WISH-TV, who will be telecasting the event commercial-free.

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