U.S. Air Force General Joseph L. Lengyel to be Keynote Speaker of 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce

U.S. Air Force General Joseph L. Lengyel to be Keynote Speaker of 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce

INDIANAPOLIS (May 16, 2018) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces that General Joseph L. Lengyel will be the Keynote Speaker at the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. The Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 25 from Noon to 1:00 pm at the Indiana War Memorial in Downtown Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

“This Memorial Day, it’s important to reflect upon the legacy left to us by thousands of brave and selfless men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting our nation’s wars,” said General Lengyel. “The freedom all Americans enjoy is their most significant gift.”

General Joseph L. Lengyel serves as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A leader with a high military acumen, General Lengyel is a direct advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense and National Security Council. At the forefront of all matters pertaining to the National Guard, General Lengyel is the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General. Ensuring the adequate preparation of more than 453,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel, General Lengyel’s military experience and expertise define his four-star ranking and decorated military record.

“We are honored to have General Lengyel speak at the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Those who attend will be moved by the reverence and special touch of patriotism from each of the featured speakers. As a central force during transformative times, General Lengyel’s admirable dedication to the United States epitomizes his diligence to uphold the legacy of those lives lost in the defense of our country.”

Joining General Lengyel at the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, is Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr of the National Guard Bureau. Leader of the Army and Air National Guard, the Indiana Guard Reserve and State employees, General Carr directs those units in support of state and federal missions. Upon three decades of varied military service, abroad and in the United States, his climb in the ranks has commissioned him to oversee 15,800 personnel and their functions.

The Memorial Service will also include the joint service color guard presentation of colors and performances by the Capital City Chorus and the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band. A wreath-laying ceremony and a horse-drawn caisson will be presented by the Indiana National Guard Headquarters Ceremonial Unit. The caisson carries the remains of the fallen service member, while the caparisoned horse trails behind.

“The good work that the Gold Star Family Association does is extremely important to our military families,” Lengyel added. “This organization creates a kinship for you to share your experiences, grieve, or go be able to face a day like Memorial Day. Your strength and bravery is a testament to the service that your loved ones gave to their country.”

To learn more about the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, please visit 500Festival.com or click here.

The 500 Festival Memorial Service is sponsored by: Rolls-Royce, OneAmerica, The American Legion, radio partner, 95.5 WFMS, and WISH-TV, who will broadcast the event live and commercial-free.

 

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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