Today is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation. In honor of the holiday all federal, state and city offices are closed. County offices and courts are closed as well. The license branch, post office and financial institutions are also closed.
There are numerous services to honor our nations fallen today.
In Muncie, Memorial Day Services will be held at the Veterans Memorial in Heekin Park at 9 a.m.
Memorial Day ceremonies for Redkey will begin 9 a.m. at Claycomb Cemetery, 10 a.m. at the War Mothers Memorial Monument, and 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery.
The annual Memorial Day Service at Bethel Cemetery in Muncie will take place at 10 a.m.
The 143rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Beech Grove Cemetery will begin at 11 a.m.
Honoring Our Heroes in New Castle will take place at 9 a.m. with a veteran’s ceremony on the Henry County Courthouse lawn. At 10 a.m. it’s the Hometown Heroes parade.
Hartford City’s Memorial Day service will include the laying of wreaths on courthouse square and then on to the AMVET monument at Hartford City Cemetery at 10 a.m. The cemetery service will include the reading of the Gettysburg address and the laying of wreaths.
Matthews Cemetery Association’s annual Memorial Day service will be at 2 p.m. and will include a brass ensemble, bagpipers, the firing of the cannon and the Indiana Patriot Guard.
Juan Pablo Montoya came back from an early crash to win the 99th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, just a car length ahead of his teammate Will Power.
Montoya, who also won the race in 2000, dashed into the pits for repairs and spent the rest of the race catching up. The win also netted Roger Penske a record 16th victory in the race as a car owner.
In front of one of the largest crowds in recent history, Chris Windom captured the 67th running of the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway Saturday night. It was a shoot-out between three cars near the end of the race, but Windom pulled away from David Steele and Kyle Hamilton to take the checkered flag in his second Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW/GM. Windom also won in 2011.
Every year, several non-profit groups raise money by picking up the tons of trash left behind by the 200-thousand fans of the Indianapolis 500. One of these groups this year is the Indy Honor Flight organization. The group uses the money they raise during the clean-up at the track to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.
Delaware County was in the winner’s circle at Sunday’s Indy 500. Two of the most storied Indianapolis 500 traditions were presented by individuals from the Muncie area. The winner of the race was handed a glass bottle of ice-cold milk by local dairy farmer, Alan Wright and the winner’s wreath was designed by Yorktown florist Julie Carmen-Vance.
The State Attorney General’s Office has launched a campaign to deal with illegal sex trafficking during the Indy 500 this weekend. Experts say young girls will be brought to central Indiana this weekend and sold for sex. The combination of large crowds, a party atmosphere and an event that caters mostly to men is when sex trafficking spikes. The Attorney General’s office is fighting back through an awareness campaign titled, “Indiana’s Not Buying It.”
Triple A says more than 37 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home over the Memorial Day weekend. Cheapest gas prices for your holiday weekend travel plans right here in Indiana and Illinois. In fact, gas prices here at the lowest in five years heading into Memorial Day. In Indiana, gas prices average $2.50 per gallon, down from $3.63 this time last year.
Police in Florida say the Indianapolis based Simon Property Group was bilked out of $20 million in an elaborate racketeering scheme in Florida. Prosecutors say Simon, the nation’s largest shopping mall operator, didn’t detect the scheme for five years. Eight people arrested charged with racketeering and grand theft.
Ontario Systems has kicked off its 2015 summer internship program welcoming a dozen students from Ball State, Purdue, and Anderson University, as well as the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The program gives the students real-world experience and helps Ontario Systems build a diverse workforce. The company accepts internship applications starting in the fall of each calendar year. This year, Ontario Systems received more than 200 applications, doubling last year’s numbers.