The American Legion’s float took home the honor of “Checkered Flag Award” at this year’s 60th Annual Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade honoring the famed race and Memorial Day. The Legion’s float theme was “Celebrating our Communities,” tying in nicely with the parade’s overall theme of “Celebrating the Stories of May!”
More than 300,000 spectators lined the streets of Indianapolis for the parade, joined by another 1 million watching from their televisions around the country. Everyone from high-ranking military personnel, race car drivers, politicians and even the Bargersville Marching Band stopped to greet American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and other Legion family members as the float waited for its turn to join the parade.
The Legion float itself featured a small yellow house on the back of the float, with replica grass before it, signifying the Legion post in the heart of the community over its nearly 100-year history. The house on the back weighed nearly 500 pounds; 10 cubic feet of replica grass were used to make the front yard. The float also incorporated elements of the Barnett’s “Walk for Veterans” theme by including nearly 20 veterans walking beside the float on the nearly three-mile route.
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