(Indianapolis – 16 November 2013) The Indiana Society Color Guard, along with the members of the Percussive Arts Society, conducted a graveside recognition service for Revolutionary War Patriot, Sgt. John George. George served as a drummer with Ogden’s First New Jersey Battalion. More about Sgt. George.
(Indianapolis – 17 August 2013) President Benjamin Harrison was remembered at Crown Hill Cemetery. The annual White House-directed ceremony recognizes the birth and achievements of President Harrison, the only president from Indiana. Indiana Society President William Sharp spoke on “The Attribute of a Patriot” at the grave site wreath laying. Harrison was a founder of the Sons of the American Revolution. His wife, Caroline Scott Harrison served as the first regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution. served with the Union Army during the Civil War. Among other accomplishments during his tenure, President Harrison was the first to order the flag flown above the White House and other government buildings. He also urged that flags be displayed in public schools.
5 December 1780, a group of patriots led by Lt. Thomas Brady and Jean Baptiste Hamelin were returning from a successful raid against Fort St. Joseph near present day Niles, Mich. They confronted a British force near Petit Fort, which wasn’t much more than a trading post. The British were successful, with some of the patriots killed and others captured.
(Fishers – 1-4 July 2012) The Indiana Society Color Guard performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the annual Independence Day Concerts at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Before a combined audience of over 25,000, the Color Guard presents colors during the National Anthem; recognizes veterans; and parades colors synchronized to live music. Concerts conclude with the “1812 Overture” accompanied by fireworks and Indiana National Guard artillery.
(Indianapolis – 23 January 2012) The Indiana Society presented an SAR flag to the Roudebush Veterans Medical Facility, for permanent display with the flags of other veteran and patriotic organizations on the 2nd floor rotunda. Accepting the flag for the VA facility were Mr. Jeff Nechaniky, Associate Director, and Mr. Jim Todd, Chief of Voluntary Services.
Presentation of the SAR flag concludes a twelve-year effort by long-time compatriot Captain Lowell Nichols, USN (Ret), who was unable to attend due to illness, to install the SAR flag at the Roudebush VA facility.
(Near Columbia City – 6 November 2010) The Indiana Society dedicated a historical marker commemorating the 230th anniversary of Colonel Augustin de LaBalme’s defeat against a significantly larger force of Miami Indians under Chief Little Turtle. The marker sits on the northeast corner of the intersection of Old Trail Road and de LaBalme Road.
(Indianapolis – 31 May 2010) Accompanied Murat Highlander bagpipes and drums, the Indiana Society Color Guard signaled the beginning of the annual Memorial Day commemorations in Washington Park East Cemetery. This year’s special commemoration culminated with the unveiling of a unique and permanent public tribute to honor all Hoosiers who have died in service to the Country, since Vietnam. Pictured are Indiana National Guardsmen rendering honors to the individuals whos names are inscribed in the new memorial.
Keynote speakers included Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of Indiana, and two officers recently returned from operations in Iraq. Reading the Pledge of Allegiance was the Honorable Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis.