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Veterans Day events and deals

Updated: Nov 10, 2011 1:32 PM EST


HEADLINES has compiled a list of deals and events for Veterans Day 2011. Feel free to add your own event by posting it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

The Circuit and Superior Courts and the Clerk’s office are closed for business on Veterans Day.


Veterans Day Memorial Service and Parade – This event begins with a 10:30 am musical prelude at the Indiana War Memorial, followed by the service. The parade starts at 11:35 am. Click here for a map. A reception and dinner will be held at the Primo Banquet Hall at 5:30 pm.

Indiana War Memorial – More info

Marshalling for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. with parade activities and clean-up completed by approximately 2 p.m. There will be parking and traffic restrictions along the parade route from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parade Route:

•Starts on Pennsylvania Street at Michigan Street and goes south to New York Street

•West on New York Street to Meridian Street

•North on Meridian Street to St. Clair Street

Streets closed 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.:

•Pennsylvania Street between 9th and Ohio streets

•Meridian Street between 9th and Ohio streets

•St. Clair Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

•Walnut Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

•North Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

•Michigan Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

•Vermont Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

•New York Street between Illinois and Delaware streets

Vehicular traffic should avoid the parade route and surrounding area during these times. Utilize Ohio, Washington and Maryland streets for east/west travel and Illinois Street and Capitol Avenue for north/south travel.


11:00 am – A ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in the courthouse square (west side of the Historic Hamilton County Courthouse). Mayor John Ditslear will speak. Hosted by American Legion Post 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Ralph Lehr Post 6246. Lunch available at the Legion and VFW.

Hutson School

This Veterans Day, students from Indianapolis’ The Hutson School will honor veterans around Indianapolis with an honorary flag raising ceremony and catered breakfast. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., 20 patriot guardsmen will deliver the flag to Hutson sophomore and young marine, Matt Frederici, who will present the flag to veteran Jim Diggle. Diggle is a retired SSC Sergeant first class – Airborne Ranger/Paratrooper. He served from 1951-1956 and is the founder and long-standing member of The Sojourners Group here in Indianapolis.


Franklin College

Franklin College will pay tribute to military veterans during the month of November with three events: a presentation of the classic movie “The Best Years of Our Lives” at the Artcraft Theatre, the annual Veterans Day Luncheon and Lecture on campus and participation in a nationwide, daylong event called “Remembrance Day National Roll Call.”

Event 1 – Saturday, Nov. 5, “The Best Years of Our Lives” will be shown at the Artcraft Theatre in downtown Franklin. Showtime is 7 p.m. with a preshow performance by big band group the “Chordlighters” starting at 6:30. This event is made possible by the Military Family Research Institute – Operation Diploma and provided by the Franklin College Student Veteran Support Team.

Event 2 – Thursday, Nov. 10 will be the Annual Veterans Day Luncheon and Lecture. This will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center. Guest speaker for the luncheon will be Col. Jeffery L. Kent, Command Inspector General, Connecticut National Guard and FC graduate, Class of 1985.

Event 3 – Friday, Nov. 11, Franklin College will be participating in the “Remembrance Day National Roll Call” event. This will be an all day reading of over 6,300 names of casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The opening ceremony will take place from 9 – 10 a.m. Participants include Major General R. Martin Umbarger, head of the Indiana National Guard; Col. Todd Townsend, Commander at Camp Atterbury; Col. Jeffrey L. Kent, Command Inspector General, Connecticut National Guard; Brigadier General Worthe Holt, Jr., Indiana Air National Guard; Woody Burton; a representative from Dan Burton’s office; a representative from Dan Coats office; and other dignitaries. At 2 p.m. a nationwide moment of silence will be observed at the campus flag pole outside the Napolitan Student Center, as well as a gun salute and the playing of Taps. At approximately 4 p.m. a closing ceremony will take place upon the completion of the reading of the roll call.


2nd Annual Starke County Veterans Day Parade starts at noon on Culver Road in Knox and ends on Main Street. See map.


Reverend Carver McGriff will speak at SullivanMunce Cultural Center on Veterans Day, November 11th at 10:30 a.m. and again on Saturday, November 12th, also at 10:30 a.m. Rev. McGriff will share stories of his World War II experiences in conjunction with the exhibition “Remembered Light – Glass Fragments from World War II” currently on display. Enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation at either of the morning presentations. There is a $5.00 fee for the event; registration is not required. For more information, please call 873.4900

Union Elementary School

On Veterans Day, November, 11, 2011, roughly 90 uniformed Cub Scouts affiliated with the Tecumseh Tribe of Pack 358 at Union Elementary School in Zionsville will contribute $3,000 or more in popcorn sales rewards and contributions to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund, which benefits members of the Indiana National Guard and their families. This marks the first time ever that Scouts have personally contributed rewards from their annual popcorn fundraising campaign to help military families. The event starts at 9:30 am.

As an incentive to sell popcorn, the Scouts earn gift cards from Wal-mart and Amazon. Instead of keeping the rewards, the Tecumseh Tribe Cub Scouts were challenged at the popcorn campaign kickoff in September to contribute earned gift cards to needy soldiers and their families, pledging to give at least “Half to Heroes.” The response of the Scouts was tremendous, and several committed to give all of their rewards to the Half to Heroes effort.

At the annual Veterans Day assembly, the boys will present their gift cards along with $1,000 contributions from both Wal-mart and Amazon to a uniformed Hoosier soldier representing the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. Not only will the Scouts receive the gratitude of the military, but also the well-deserved recognition of all of the students at their school.