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MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE - All Ceremonies, Events, Times, & Locations

May 29, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 4620, Indianapolis, IN

May 29, 2017

HOURS on Memorial Day: Funeral Home & Cemetery Office, Cemetery Grounds, & Community Mausoleum OPEN all day (8 am - 8 pm); Gothic Chapel OPEN Noon-4:00 pm.

All ceremony locations will be noted on the map distributed at the gates on Memorial Day. All ceremonies and the tour are free. The ceremonies will be held in the event of rain but may be relocated to the Crown Hill Funeral Home if necessary. The Gothic Chapel will be open to the public from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

~ 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.

~ 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.

~ 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - CIVIL WAR EQUIPMENT DISPLAY
Civil War reenactors will present a display of equipment beginning around 11 a.m. in (or next to) the open field off the main drive (follow the yellow line from either gate). You'll be able to visit with reenactors and learn about what it was like during the Civil War era. (Times are approximate.)

The Sons of Union Veterans will conduct their Memorial Service at a location to be announced.

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.)

Visit with the Sons of the American Revolution reenactors at the National Cemetery, behind the Gothic Chapel.

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.

~ 1:30-2:00 p.m. - BRASS QUINTET CONCERT
A 30-minute patriotic band concert will be performed by the Indiana Army National Guard's 38th Infantry Brass Quintet 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
Crown Hill presents the longest-running Memorial Day Ceremony in Indiana at the Crown Hill National Cemetery, located behind the Gothic Chapel. Featured this year will be speakers to be announced. 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, patriotic music provided by "The Central Sound," a Lawrence Central High School choir, and more. 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 an expert Crown Hill Tour Guide.


For a complete list of 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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