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Aug 19, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN

It's a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for the 184th birthday our nation's 23rd President!

10:30 am on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Visit our event web page for more info and photos!

✵ DESCRIPTION: The public is invited to participate in the WREATH LAYING CEREMONY for the Hoosier President, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States of America. This annual WREATH LAYING CEREMONY is to held at Crown Hill on Saturday, August 19 (the day before his actual birthday!) at 10:30 a.m. in celebration of President Harrison’s 184th BIRTHDAY. Harrison was elected to the Presidency in 1888 and served one term as the nation’s 23rd Chief Executive (1889-93).

The ceremony will begin with a patriotic concert from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. by the Crossroads of America Boy Scout Band. Mr. Christopher Barnthouse, Major, U.S. Army (Ret.), will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution and the19th U.S. Regular Infantry Honor Guard will present the Colors. Other speakers and participants to be announced.

✵ WHERE TO MEET: President Harrison's Grave site on Section 13. Enter either cemetery gate and follow the WHITE LINE painted on the road to his memorial at the base of the Crown. Both cemetery entrances are noted with red markers on this map: http://goo.gl/Z7g2i (you might have to copy & paste it into your browser's address bar). The President's memorial is noted with a yellow marker.

✵ COST: FREE - reservations not required.

✵ MORE INFO: event web page: http://crownhillhf.org/harrison-wreath-laying2017.html
You may also email Marianne at development@crownhill.org

✵ PUBLIC TOUR: A FREE one-hour public walking tour, “President Harrison and Heritage Tour” will take place immediately following the ceremony and will depart from Harrison’s monument.

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States (1889–1893); he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison. Harrison had become a prominent local attorney, Presbyterian church leader and politician in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the American Civil War, he served the Union for most of the war as a colonel and on February 14, 1865 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from January 23, 1865. Afterwards, he unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana but was later elected to the U.S. Senate by the Indiana legislature.

Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. Hallmarks of his administration included unprecedented economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff, which imposed historic protective trade rates, and the Sherman Antitrust Act; Harrison facilitated the creation of the National Forests through an amendment to the Land Revision Act of 1891. He also substantially strengthened and modernized the Navy, and conducted an active foreign policy. He proposed, in vain, federal education funding as well as voting rights enforcement for African Americans during his administration.

Harrison was defeated by Cleveland in his bid for re-election in 1892 and returned to private life in Indianapolis but later represented the Republic of Venezuela in an international case against the United Kingdom. In 1900, he traveled to Europe as part of the case and, after a brief stay, returned to Indianapolis. He died the following year of complications from influenza.

For a list our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with photos!), please visit:

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Web: CrownHill.org
Facebook: CrownHill.org
Twitter: @CrownHill_FHC

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
Web: CrownHillHF.org
Facebook: CrownHillHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Tour Guide & Historian Tom Davis tweets history, pics, & trivia: @CrownHillTom

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS with “CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary”
In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book that’s been chosen as the SILVER PLACE WINNER in Foreward Review's prestigious "BOOK OF THE YEAR" Contest in the Regional Category!

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from it's founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office during regular office hours or may be ordered off of either website. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed. You may also order you copy by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.

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