Posts Tagged ‘military’

Memorial Day Banner to the Troops

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Thank you to all that signed the “We Support You” banner on Memorial Day.  The banner is on display at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan to remind the soldiers that those at home support them.

We would like to send a special thanks to Priority Press for donating the banner.


Memorial Day 2012

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Join Crown Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery, and Foundation for our 144th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.    Major General R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of Indiana will be featured as the Keynote Speaker.  The ceremony will also include Patriotic music,  Roll Call of Fallen Hoosier Heroes, Honor Guard 21-Gun Salute with Howitzer Cannons, Taps, and more.

Be sure to sign the Support Banner to send our troops serving in Afghanistan.  Crown Hill thanks Priority Press for their support in providing a banner for the Indianapolis community to send.

Schedule for Memorial Day / Monday, May 28th

  • 10:00 am: Civil War Encampment, Confederate Mound on Sec. 23 (follow the yellow line)
  • 12:45 pm: Civil War Memorial Service, Confederate Mound on Sec. 23
  • 1:30 pm: Band Concert performed by the Indiana Army National Guard’s 38th Division Band, Crown Hill National Cemetery (follow the white line)
  • 2:00 pm: Crown Hill’s 144th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Crown Hill National Cemetery

For more information click here.


Cameron W. Sharp, Crematory Operator

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Cameron has been a proud member of the Crown Hill Funeral family since February 13, 2006.  He is our sole Certified Crematory Operator since 2008, as well as the Funeral Director’s Assistant and Removal Technician.  He enjoys the flexibility of his many roles and takes pride in the knowledge and skill set that contributes greatly to our day to day operation.  Commonly the first person to meet and interact with our families, he is always compassionate and exceptional, with a special affinity for the families we have previously served.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Cameron served in the United States Navy from 1984 – 1987. While stationed in Alameda, California, his travels included the Western Pacific Islands, the Republic of the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, France, Italy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He is a life-long member of Fall Creek Parkway Church of Christ and the proud father of Cameron II, Camera, and twins, Christian and Christopher. When time allows, his hobbies include watching basketball, football, plumbing, and restoring old homes and vintage cars.


The 6 Black Boxes | A Military Widow’s View

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The below article was originally posted on The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter… Military Widow to Military Widow. Thank you to Hello Grief for sharing.


6 boxes are all that is left of my husband. One filled with his socks, another with his uniforms, and another with every card or photo he had received. Three more contain his books, sheets, and other military effects.

I remember when the boxes arrived, I sat there so anxious to see what was left of my baby. Opening each one I had no clue what I would see. Cautiously, I lifted the lid of the hard black containers.

There are the cards I wrote him, there are the movies he’d watch every night, there are the photos of me he had hanging next to his bed………there is the only thing left of my husband’s existence while in Iraq.

I remember opening up his laptop to find an snapshot of me I never knew he liked. There was the bear that had the personal message I had recorded telling him I can’t wait to see him come home and be together again. There were all the things I had sent, all the memories on film we had captured, all the literature he adored reading, now with no reader.

I forgot all that he had accumulated over his 8 months over there. Due to that fact, many items were so heartwarming but always with an aftertaste of anger.

I remember going through his clothes and immediately putting them to my nose……detergent. ‘I’ll try another shirt or maybe his socks!’ …….detergent. The fact that they had washed all of his clothing made me so infuriated! Let me have one last breath of his smell. The smell I was unable to be without for 8 months…..and now forever.

Some of Michael’s things I pulled out right away, others are still sitting in those looming boxes sitting in my garage. Every now in then I’ll open them to get a small inhale from his pillow that they DIDN’T wash, or go for a search for some hidden letter he may have written in the case he would die.

I never found the letter, I never got my husband to come home, and all I am left with are our memories, a few items of meaning and………6 black boxes.


A Time to Honor and Remember

Friday, March 30th, 2012

IU Health Hospice and Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery will honor Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 in the afternoon.  We invite you to join us at Crown Hill Funeral Home’s Memorial Chapel.

Join us as we honor and support our country’s men and women in uniform; past and present in a special ceremony to acknowledge each veteran in attendance with a small token of our gratitude.

  • Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin, USAF (ret.), Executive Director, Indiana War Memorials will address the gathering on bahlf of the grateful citizens of Indiana.
  • Light refreshments will be served in Crown Hill Funeral Home’s Celebration Hall following service.
  • The conclusion of the service will be held at the Eternal Flame in the Field of Valor, rain or shine.  For those who wish to observe without moving ou to the cemetery, the reception area and patio will be open.

Click Here for event flyer.

Join us as we honor and support our country’s men and women in uniform; past and present in a special ceremony to acknowledge each veteran in attendance with a small token of our gratitude.


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


Military Memorials: “Taps”

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery would like to thank all our veterans and those that are currently serving our country.  Our military is rich with tradition, and we would like to share our knowledge on the traditional military arrangement “Taps” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

“Taps” is an American bugle call composed by Union General Daniel Butterfield, while in camp at Harrison’s Landing in 1862.  Butterfield wrote the piece to replace the earlier “Scott Tattoo” to signal lights out.  The call was soon known as “Taps” because it was often tapped out on a drum in the absence of a bugler.  Because it was often unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave on account of the proximity of the enemy, the sounding of “Taps” was decided as the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted. Before the year was out, sounding “Taps” became the practice in both the Northern and Southern Army camps.  “Taps” was officially adopted by the United States Army in 1874.

“Taps” concludes many military funerals.  The musical piece is also sounded at many memorial services and at gravesites.  When Taps is sounded at a funeral, it is customary for serving members of the military or veterans to salute and for civilians to place the right hand over the heart.