Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered Friday on Monument Circle ahead of Memorial Day to honor fallen servicemen and women.
Admiral James Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended the ceremony and encouraged Hoosiers to honor those who've paid the ultimate price for freedom.
"Today as we begin a weekend of Memorial Day events, Indianapolis joins with cities across our nation to remember the service and sacrifice of so many who have given so much," Winnefeld said.
Horses marched around Monument Circle, pulling the caisson that carries the flag-draped coffin that represents the fallen.
Mayor Greg Ballard, a retired Marine officer, addressed the crowd, RTV6s Norman Cox reported.
"It is the families: mom, dad, husband, wife, son, daughter, that do the real sacrificing for our country, Ballard said.
Brenda Wilson, who lost her son, Marine Cpl. Bryan Wilson in 2004, spoke on behalf of parents of fallen servicemen and women.
"I think I speak for everyone here that our greatest fear is that people will forget, Wilson said. We need to know that the sacrifice of our loved ones did not die in vain. We need to know that their sacrifice is acknowledged by those who benefit from it.
Since last year, the names of 13 Hoosiers have been added to the list of Indianas fallen servicemen and women.
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