Lebanon Reporter

State News

August 5, 2012

Children of Guardsmen use State Fair to give thanks

INDIANAPOLIS — There are a lot of exhibits at the Indiana State Fair where visitors are given things to take away, but the Indiana National Guard is hoping its exhibit visitors will leave some things behind.

The children of Guard members have created a giant thank-you card, bearing the names of more than 6,000 military members and veterans from Indiana, including those who have died in service.

The 40-foot-wide banner is on display at the Indiana State Fair, where visitors are being invited to bring a memento of a loved one who has served in the military and leave it to become part of a permanent collection.

The words, “Thank You Indiana,” are spelled out on the banner, with the letters crafted from Velcro-backed name tapes that are part of a military uniform. The name tapes, embroidered with the surnames of military members and veterans, were donated to the project after the Guard’s Youth Council put out a call for them.

“When you step up close and see those names, you realize it’s not just about the service of one person; it’s also about the families of those called to service,” said Staff Sgt. Les Newport, a spokesman for the Indiana National Guard.

One of the first mementoes left at the site was put there by U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who was at the State Fair on opening day; the Republican is running for governor and was at the fair campaigning for votes.

Pence and his son, Michael, placed a framed photograph of Pence’s late father, a Korean War veteran from Columbus at the site.

It, along with other memorabilia left at the site, will become part of a permanent collection to be housed at a new “warrior support center” for military veterans and their families, located at the Guard’s Tyndell Armory in downtown Indianapolis.

For more information about the project, visit a website created by the Indiana National Guard, www.thankyouindiana.org.



Text Only
State News

Featured items
Click below to browse and order photos

Photos from April 2014

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide