Event: MEMORIAL DAY ~ Honoring the Courage of Heroes

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Event: MEMORIAL DAY ~ Honoring the Courage of Heroes

May 25

Free

Memorial Day is a big and important day at Crown Hill. Civil War reenactors march through the grounds to take visitors back in time. Watch soldiers fire cannons, chat with President Lincoln in the Gothic Chapel, listen to the Gettysburg Address. Bask in the warmth of this haven for history lovers.

You can also enjoy music performed by the Indiana Army National Guard’s 38th Division Band and marvel at the longest-running Memorial Day Ceremony in Indiana. It has been a Hoosier fixture for more than 150 years! After the ceremony, you can tour the graves of Civil War soldiers. All Memorial Day events are free and no registration is necessary.

Bring your picnic, chair or blanket, and spend the day with us. Below is a schedule of events with times and locations. A location map and schedule will be available on Memorial Day at both gates.

Gatling Gun Demonstrations
9:30 a.m. -4 p.m.
Visit with Civil War reenactors and witness the firings of an authentic Gatling Gun.
Location: Richard Gatling’s Memorial by the National Cemetery on Section 3

Civil War Cannon Firings
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit with Civil War reenactors and witness the firings of an authentic Civil War Cannon.
Location: Near the National Cemetery and Gatling Gun on Section 3

Sons of Union Veterans Memorial Service
11 a.m.
Join the Sons of Union Veterans as they honor another Union Veteran buried here.
Location: To be determined

Union and Confederate Battalion gather before Civil War Memorial Service
12-12:45 p.m.
Visit and interact with many Civil War reenactors before their Civil War Memorial Service at 12:45 pm.
Location: Large field off of Main Drive (follow the yellow line from either gate and look for traffic cones)

President Lincoln, portrayed by Danny Russel
12:15-1:15 p.m.
President Lincoln makes another appearance to share his experiences and wisdom as one of our most revered presidents. He can also be seen at 2 pm during our 152nd annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
Location: Inside the Gothic Chapel – (follow the white line from either gate)

Civil War Memorial Service 
12:45 p.m.
This ceremony features a combined group of Union and Confederate Civil War reenactors who gather at the Confederate Mound (Crown Hill’s 2nd National Cemetery on Sec. 32), to honor the 1,616 Confederates buried there. The public is welcome to join their ceremony then to follow along as they march to the Crown Hill National Cemetery, located behind the Gothic Chapel, where they will honor the 2,000+ Union soldiers buried there.
Location: Confederate Mound, Section 32 (follow the yellow line from either gate and look for traffic cones)

Band Concert 
1:30-2 p.m.
Join us for a patriotic concert featuring the Indiana Army National Guard’s 38th Division Band.
Location: Behind the Gothic Chapel (follow the white line from either gate to park near chapel – 34th St. gate is closer to the chapel)

152nd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
2-3 p.m.
This year marks our 152nd annual ceremony, first held on May 30, 1868, shortly after General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, established this day to honor the soldiers and sailors who died during the Civil War. Our first ceremony – with nearly 10,000 people in attendance – was held in the same location as its held today, on the grounds of the Crown Hill National Cemetery, located behind the historic Gothic Chapel.

We welcome back the support of the men and women of the Indiana Army National Guard as they join us again as they have for many years. In addition to the band concert by the 38th Division Band at 1:30 p.m., a Howitzer 21-gun salute will be conducted by the Indiana Army National Guard. Patriotic music provided by throughout the ceremony by “The Central Sound,” a Lawrence Central High School choir, and President Lincoln will return to recite the Gettysburg Address. Additional participants will be announced. 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.
Location: Behind the Gothic Chapel (follow the white line from either gate to park near chapel – 34th St. gate is closer to the chapel)

Veterans Walking Tour
3-4 p.m.
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.
Location: Departs from behind the stage following the Memorial Day Ceremony

Venue

Crown Hill Cemetery’s 34th St. Gate Entrance
3400 Boulevard Place
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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