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The Wall That Heals in Greenfield, Indiana, July 11-14, 2019 @nicolemisencik @VVMF

April 30, 2019 1 comment

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2019, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

The Wall That Heals, a traveling 375 foot, 3/4 style replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, comes to Greenfield Indiana July 11-14, 2019 (this is a free event open to the public, Thursday through Sunday, 24 hours each day).
Here’s my podcast interview with David Stillinger, Hancock County Coroner and Funeral Director/Owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home – Pasco Chapel, who is the event organizer and host site for this event:
200 volunteers are needed to help with this event. For more information about this event or to volunteer, visit
On a personal note, this will be a deeply personal and emotional experience for me, not only because my college roommate is on The Wall, but because I am a US Air Force veteran who served in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. And speaking as a former four-year employee of a funeral home in Franklin County, this seems to me to be the ideal setting to present such a traveling exhibit.
I encourage you to visit this exhibit to reflect on one of the most tumultuous periods of American history and how it affected our society.

Kennedy King Commemoration Ceremony in Indianapolis, April 4, 2017

March 24, 2017 1 comment

Photo provided by the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.

April 4 Ceremony Marks the Anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy’s Speech in Indianapolis after the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Plans unveiled for 50th Anniversary commemoration in 2018 

By Myranda Annakin
On behalf of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS – The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative recently announced plans for their annual ceremony to commemorate the historic speech delivered by Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Indianapolis, April 4, 1968 on the night the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

The anniversary will be marked with recognition of the community leaders, official and unofficial, young and old, who work to nurture the peace that Senator Kennedy sought that night.

These peacemakers include members of the city’s religious communities, neighborhood leaders, public officials and an eight-year-old boy who led a march against violence in the city’s streets last October. The ceremony will also include the unveiling of plans for the 50th Anniversary commemoration in 2018.

Each year, the Initiative conducts an inspirational program marking the speech delivered by Senator Kennedy at 17th and Broadway streets in which he shared the tragedy of Dr. King’s murder and called for hope and calm in the African-American community.

This year’s program will include prayer, song, and a presentation of a video recording of Senator Kennedy’s speech and Dr. King’s “Mountain Top” speech.

“49 years ago, Robert F. Kennedy enlightened and inspired a crowd gathered in Indianapolis on one of the darkest days in American history: the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Today, the empathy for the shared reach for equality, and that determination to overcome anger to achieve peace, must continue,” said State Rep. Gregory W. Porter, President of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located at 17th and Broadway Street, Indianapolis.

It will feature a speech by Mayor Joe Hogsett and a keynote address by the Rev. David Greene, President of the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis. Faith representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic communities will also speak.

The Initiative will also present its Trailblazer Award to Reese Hamilton, a third-grade student who organized a march for peace last fall following a double homicide in his neighborhood and collected donations of food and clothing to help families at Thanksgiving.

The Trailblazer Award honors the memory of legendary peace pioneers such as State Rep. William Crawford, activist Mark St. John and journalist Amos Brown.

About the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative

The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative is a voluntary 501(c)3 organization based in Indianapolis that works to commemorate the historic speech delivered by Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Indianapolis on the night that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

The organization’s mission is to keep this unique moment in history alive and to leverage the message of Dr. King and Senator Kennedy to address issues of division and injustice experienced today.

With support from the Indiana Pacers Foundation in 1994, an evocative and inspirational memorial sculpture was erected in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

For more information, visit, or call 317-667-9341.

#Indiana 140-Mile “Run for the Fallen” Tribute Event, May 15-17, 2015

Run for the Fallen

Run for the Fallen, May 15-17, 2015. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Don Finnegan
Honor and Remember, Inc.

Indiana “RUN FOR THE FALLEN” to Honor and Remember Indiana Military Service Members

Relay Team to Cover One Mile for Each Fallen Service Member in Tribute Run across Indiana

Honor and Remember, Inc. and its Indiana Chapter are partnering in a special event to call attention to and honor the men and women who recently died in military service to America.

A team of more than 20 active duty members of the military from bases throughout Indiana and other locations across the U.S. will embark on a 140 mile journey to honor every Indiana service member who died as a result of serving during the war on terror and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Each mile of the route will be dedicated to an individual Arizona hero and his or her family. The run team will stop at each “Hero Marker” HM (each mile marker) to give individual tribute to waiting Gold Star family members, friends and comrades.

The goal of the event is to create a 140+ mile memorial trail through Indiana. Each hero marker tribute will include a biographical description of the hero along with American and Honor and Remember Flags.

Indiana “Run for the Fallen” will kick off on Friday morning, May 15, 2015, at 7:30 am, with a “start” ceremony at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The three-day, 140 mile run includes many cities and counties in Indiana including Fort Wayne, Decatur, Berne, Geneva, Portland, Redkey, Albany, Muncie, Daleville, Anderson and Pendleton, finishing on Sunday, May 17, at Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, at 1:30 pm.

For more information and to find out how to participate by joining the run, or to donate or volunteer, visit the Indiana Run for the Fallen Web site at or

Memorial Day Ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery, May 26

Memorial Day at Crown Hill Cemetery

Memorial Day at Crown Hill Cemetery. Image courtesy of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 19-25, 2014