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After Race Day Revelry, a Pause to Reflect on Memorial Day

Fishers honors war dead, veterans, those still serving

Fishers saluted veterans living and dead in ceremonies at the city's Liberty Plaza.

Speakers including Mayor Scott Fadness and Indiana Senator Todd Young reminded a crowd of about 100 people of Abraham Lincoln's words in the Gettysburg address, honoring soldiers who "gave the last full measure of devotion." Retired naval commander El Ahlwardt reminded the crowd that the first American killed in World War I was a Hoosier: James Gresham of Evansville, killed at Artois, France, in November 1917.

World War II bomber pilot Wayne Caldwell led the crowd in singing "God Bless America" after recalling his squadron's participation in the Allies' island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, making its way from Australia to Japanese-held Okinawa before Japan's surrender in 1945. He says he's "not embarrassed to admit agonizing fear" he'd be among those who didn't make it home.

Spectators honored those who didn't by laying dozens of red carnations around the rim of the fountain at the plaza's center.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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