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.

The 500 Festival Memorial Service will include the joint service color guard presentation of colors and performances by the Capital City Chorus. There will also be performances by famed Irish Tenor and special guest, Ronan Tynan. Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band and Tynan will perform the National Anthem. Tynan will also perform an a cappella version of “Amazing Grace.”

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, presented by Rolls-Royce, is sponsored and supported by Rolls-Royce, OneAmerica, The American Legion, radio partner WFMS 95.5 FM and TV partner WNDY-TV, who will be telecasting the event commercial-free.

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