Phone: (317) 925-3800(317) 925-3800
May 29, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 4620, Indianapolis, IN
(You may download the event flyer from the bottom of this page.)
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES & EVENTS AT CROWN HILL
May 29, 2017
***Featured at the 149th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 2 pm will be two distinguished speakers, Chaplain (LTC) JIM STAGGERS, Deputy State Chaplain of the Indiana Army National Guard and Division Chaplain of the 38th Infantry Division, and U.S. Senator JOE DONNELLY, representing Indiana in the U.S. Senate since 2013. Senator Donnelly previously served the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana in the House of Representatives after being elected in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
OPEN HOURS on Monday, MEMORIAL DAY, May 29
Funeral Home & Cemetery Office: 8:30 am - 5 pm
~ North gate (38th St.): 8 am - 8 pm
~ South gate (34th St.): 8 am - 5 pm
Community Mausoleum: 8 am - 5 pm
Gothic Chapel: 10 am - 4 pm (This is a special opportunity to tour the chapel!)
All ceremony locations will be noted on the map distributed at the gates on Memorial Day. All ceremonies and the tour are free. The Band Concert and 149th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in the event of rain but may be relocated to the Crown Hill Funeral Home if necessary.
~ 9:30 a.m. and throughout the day - GATLING GUN DEMONSTRATIONS
Beginning at approximately 9:30 am you can visit Mike Marsh and the 1st Wisconsin reenactors as they talk about and demonstrate their Gatling gun. They'll be located at Richard Gatling's memorial on the west side of the National Cemetery. Returning this year will be a Civil War Cannon firing nearby. (Times are approximate)
~ 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - HISTORIC GOTHIC CHAPEL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Crown Hill's historic Gothic Chapel will be open for visitors to enjoy. This beautiful chapel was built in 1875 for $39,000 and was restored in 2004-2005 for $2.5 million. Please stop by and see this priceless treasure, including the custom-built organ! (Note that Crown Hill's 148th Annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony will be held behind the Gothic Chapel, on the grounds of the Crown Hill National Cemetery.)
~ 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - CIVIL WAR CANNON FIRINGS
Beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. by the Confederate Mound on Section 32, you can visit the 18th Indiana Light Artillery reenactors to talk about and fire their cannon. They will relocate to the National Cemetery area (by the large Howitzer guns) for the 149th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony around 1:30 p.m. They will fire a round at the beginning of the ceremony at 2:00 p.m., and also fire during the 21-gun salute. The 18th Indiana Light Artillery was founded in 1863 by Eli Lilly who was elected Captain of the battery. "Lilly's Hoosier Battery" served with distinction in numerous battles during the American Civil War. The 18th Indiana reenactment group is commanded by Captain Joseph Snell.
~ 11:00 a.m. - SONS OF UNION VETERANS MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and its ladies' Auxiliary are honoring General George Francis McGinnis at his gravesite (Lot 23, Section 16) at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day 2017. Gen. McGinnis, the father of Mary Ella McGinnis (the popular Little Girl statue), served in the both Mexican War (first lieutenant in Company A of the Second Ohio Volunteers and captain of Company K of the Fifth Ohio Volunteers) and the Civil War (captain of Company K, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the Eleventh Indiana Volunteers, and as brigadier general in the U. S. Volunteers General Staff Infantry). After the war, he served as Marion County Auditor, county commissioner, trustee of the State Reform School (Indiana Boys' School), and postmaster. The tribute reading will include interesting stories about his life from period newspapers. (Directions: look for Mary Ella's statue marked on the Visitor's Guide & Map on Section 16.)
~ 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. - VISIT WITH CIVIL WAR REENACTORS
Civil War reenactors will available to visit with around Noon to learn about what it was like during the Civil War era. They'll be located in (or next to) the open field off the main drive (follow the yellow line from either gate). (Times are approximate.)
~ 12:45-1:20 p.m. - CROWN HILL CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Crown Hill Civil War Memorial Service will be held at the Confederate Mound on Section 32 and will be conducted by Civil War reenactors. They'll honor the 1,616 Confederate fallen at the Confederate Mound (a National Cemetery), then march to the Crown Hill National Cemetery and honor the thousands of Union fallen interred there. To find the location, enter either cemetery entrance and follow the YELLOW LINE painted on the road from either cemetery entrance until you see the orange cones and arrows pointing the Confederate Mound, located on Section 32. (Note: If you wish to march with the CW reenactors from the Confederate Mound to the National Cemetery and then return to your car later, you can follow the temporary ORANGE LINE back to the Mound.)
~ 1:30-2:00 p.m. - BAND CONCERT
The traditional 30-minute patriotic band concert will be performed for the first time by the Navy Band Great Lakes. We welcome them! Known as "America's Band," this 23-member ceremonial band will be led by Chief Musician Daniel Bethel. (The concert will be held at the National Cemetery, located directly behind the historic Gothic Chapel, built in 1875).
~ 2:00-3:00 p.m. - 149th ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
(You may download the event flyer from the bottom of this page.)
Crown Hill presents the longest-running Memorial Day Ceremony in Indiana at the Crown Hill National Cemetery, located behind the Gothic Chapel. Featured at the 149th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 2 pm will be two distinguished speakers, Chaplain (LTC) JIM STAGGERS, Deputy State Chaplain of the Indiana Army National Guard and Division Chaplain of the 38th Infantry Division, and U.S. Senator JOE DONNELLY, representing Indiana in the U.S. Senate since 2013. Senator Donnelly previously served the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana in the House of Representatives after being elected in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
We're pleased to have the support of the men and women of the Indiana Army National Guard as they join us again as they have for many years. A Howitzer 21-gun salute will be conducted by the Indiana Army National Guard, with patriotic music provided by "The Central Sound," a Lawrence Central High School choir.
A special Vietnam War Anniversary Pinning Ceremony will be conducted for all Vietnam Veterans with beautiful pin provided by the VA to honor the men and woman who served and sacrificed. Appreciation for these brave men and women is long overdue.
In addition, a Roll Call for Indiana POWs and MIAs in Vietnam will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America. Folding chairs will be available or feel free to bring your own chair or blanket. Cookies and bottled water will also be available, as well as indoor restrooms. You're welcome to arrive early or stay late to picnic. (The funeral home and cemetery office closes at 5 p.m. but the gates will remain open until 8:00 p.m.)
~ 3:00 p.m. (approx.) - "VETERANS" WALKING TOUR
You're invited to take a free 1-hour guided walking tour of historic Crown Hill Cemetery immediately following the ceremony featuring the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in battle. This interesting tour will be led by Tom Davis, an expert Crown Hill Tour Guide.
For a complete list of our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with details and photos!), please visit:
Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 920-4165.Memorial Day Flyer 2017