Hoosiers remember those who have paid the ultimate price

A ceremony to honor those have died while serving our country at Crown Hill Cemetery. (WTHR Photo/Kevin Rader)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Indiana pays tribute to the fallen.

Hoosiers have answered the call time after time and unfortunately that comes at a cost. So Monday, Hoosiers remembered those who paid the ultimate price.

48,000 Hoosiers have died in combat since Indiana became a state and many are buried here at Crown Hill Cemetery including George Kelly, a World War II army veteran.

His daughter Judy likes to come and hear the speakers.

"One of my favorite quotes in fact it's on the bottom of my email, a guy named Calvin Coolidge. If you don't know your history he was President of the United States and he said the nation that forgets it's defenders will itself be forgotten. A lot of truth to that," Brigadier General J Stewart Goodwin said today as Judy gets up from her chair where she was sitting by her husband and makes her way to her father's grave.

She does more than listen. This is a call to arms to clean his grave marker while she listens.

"All the folks buried here are heroes. Each one of them deserves recognition and a flag," she shared. So she does her part. Decorating his marker with flags and flowers.

"It's just something I do. Not something I have to do just something I want to do," she adds.

She still has his picture.

"We here highly resolve that these people shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth," Danny Russel and actor portraying Lincoln read to the gathering from the President's famous Gettysburg Address.

Do you feel like he knows you are here I asked her? "Oh yes he does. He's right here. Right here," she says a second time while she places her right hand over her heart.

So amidst all the symbolism one daughter shows her respect the only way she knows how, with her heart.