Archive for May, 2011

Remember a Vet

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The online funeral directory iMortuary is encouraging people to virtually share their support of Veterans.  Visit iMortuary to honor our Veterans for Memorial Day.

“Honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans by interacting with our virtual memorial wall. ‘I Remembered a Vet Today’ is an iMortuary way of honoring Veterans — by engaging with online individuals across the US. We also include a Share feature and Facebook badges you can download. Let’s get this to go viral in thanks Veterans and military families in advance of Memorial Day on May 30, 2011!! (Just a note that you won’t see any ads or paid promotions in this section!)”


Memorial Day

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a Federal holiday to commemorate U.S. soldiers who have died while in the military service.  The holiday was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War.  After World War I, it was extended to honor all American who have died in all wars.

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  May 30th was chosen as the official date because it was not the anniversary of a battle.

Memorial Day gained recognition across the nation.  There were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868.  By 1890, all northern states recognized the holiday.  Memorial Day was officially declared by Federal law in 1967.  Under the Uniform Holidays Bill enacted in 1971, the date changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May to create a unified holiday weekend.

The original tradition of Memorial Day is still observed, although Americans have added traditions over the years.  Many visit cemeteries to attend memorial services and place flowers on graves.  American flags are flown at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.  Americans have adapted the observance of the long holiday weekend to have picnics, family gatherings, shopping, and barbeques.  The Indianapolis 500 has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.  The legendary auto race runs on Sunday preceding Memorial Day.

To help remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time.  The resolution asks that at 3 pm local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps’.”

Information about Memorial Day: US Memorial Day, Wikipedia

Crown Hill 2011 Memorial Day Events: 143rd Memorial Day Ceremony


143rd Memorial Day Ceremony, Indianapolis

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Please join Crown Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery, and Foundation for our 143rd Memorial Day Ceremony.  Remember our American soldiers as we pay tribute to the sacrifices they have made.  Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.

  • Civil War Encampment at 10:00 am
  • Civil War Memorial Service at 12:45 pm
  • Band Concert, featuring 38th Division Band at 1:30 pm
  • Crown Hill’s 143rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 2:00 pm
    • Keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Mike Pence
    • Roll Call of Fallen Hoosier Heroes
    • Honor Guard, 21-Gun Salute with Howitzer Cannons
    • Taps
  • “Veterans” Walking Tour following ceremony

143rd Memorial Day Ceremony Events & Map


Indianapolis Auto Racing Greats

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Crown Hill Cemetery is rich with Indianapolis 500 history.  The four founders of the Indy 500 are buried within the beautiful grounds of the cemetery.  Crown Hill Cemetery is also the final resting place to Indy 500 winners, drivers, mechanics, car owners, Speedway General Managers, and more.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.  To honor the anniversary, we would like to encourage you to visit our cemetery and remember those who have made the Indy 500 the greatest event in racing.  The Crown Hill Heritage Foundation has prepared a list of the Indianapolis Auto Greats and Crown Hill Funeral Home is available for assistance.