It’s no secret that in Indy, we love, honor and respect our military. It’s a great source of pride. Most Indy residents can at least tell visitors that Indy is second only to Washington DC in the number of public memorials to the heroes who have served, protected and fought for our freedom.
Beyond the memorials though, visiting the final resting place of these brave men and women can be a moving experience when you take the time to think about how this place came about.
One of Indy’s most beautiful locations is home to the Crown Hill National Cemetery: 1.4 acres within the 555 acres of Crown Hill Cemetery. It’s just beyond the Gothic Chapel and was purchased in 1866 by the U.S. Government for $5,000 in 1866–originally purchased to rebury fallen soldiers from the Civil War. Just look for a bronze plaque and the flagpole, and the uniform rows of hundreds of heroes.
We often take for granted how lucky we are in this country, and this city, for that matter. Those buried here did not. They fought for the country they loved. Imagine being so dedicated to your country–or anything else–that you would die for it. That’s a love some may never know. This weekend, beyond just racing and barbecues, how about finding your connection to a current or past soldier and thank them. It’s your patriotic duty.
And if you’d like to thank them here, please post their names and when and/or where they served.
Have a safe weekend, all!