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Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day

(Formally the Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day)

Saturday, the 23rd of September 2023, at White River State Park

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Honoring our Veterans, Military & First Responders
Our First Responders include, but are not limited to our;
Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Hospital/EMS Personnel including, Doctors, Nurses & Care Givers

A Day to Show Our Appreciation for their Commitment
and Heroic Service 
to their Community and Country.

Why a Veterans, Military, and First Responders Appreciation Day is Important:

  1. The time is now to remind us of their sacrifices to their country, community, and their families;
  2. It gives us a day to acknowledge their commitment to our nation, our communities and bask in their pride & heroism;
  3. Most of our Veterans, Military, and First Responders face high risks virtually every time they step out of the comfort of their own homes and are pretty likely America’s most dangerous careers;
  4. Veterans, Military, and our First responders put other lives ahead of their own.  HHAD is a day they can share the joy with their teammates and take a day to feel appreciated with their families;
  5. And last, by not least, I believe it’s the least we can do to show them the respect and appreciation they deserve for all they do.
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The information below is updated as our event comes together. Some of the below links have not been completed.
(Last updated 25Apr23 at 1420)
Program & Main Events Other Proposed Events
  1. A program celebrating and honoring our Hoosier Heroes (Guest Speakers, Awards, Acknowledgments, Accomplishments, etc.)
  2. A program to remember our POW/MIA Day – Rolling Thunder will share their program
  3. We will acknowledge our Fallen Hoosier Heroes, Veterans, Military,  Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Hospitals & EMS groups
  4. We will acknowledge those lost to Suicide
  5. A Catered Lunch for our Hoosier Heroes and their Families after the program
  6. Indianapolis Indians game in the evening starting at 6:30 PM at Victory Field w/ Fireworks
  7. Indianapolis Zoo for our Hoosier Heroes and their Families
  8. Indy Municipal Band plus 2 or 3 local bands play throughout the day in the Celebration Plaza
  9. Corvette Clubs on the bridge on the old Washington St bridge
  10. Job / Career Fair - WorkOne

Fund Raiser - This Summer VSC will hold a Motorcycle Ride to help fund our Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day.

  1. Hundreds of Vendors & Exhibitors from Service providers that offer goods, services, programs, benefits, counseling, etc., to our Hoosier Heroes
  2. All types of entertainment games and events for the kids (bounce houses, sports, etc.)
  3. Balloon Rides
  4. Petting Zoo - A Farm Animal group with various farm animals they can pet for the kids.
  5. Other State Fair-type food vendors with food and drinks for sale will also be available.
  6. Workshops on learning what others are doing to help our Hoosier Heroes
  7. Sports Team Members - signing autographs and taking pictures.
  8. Sports Cheerleaders & Mascots (football, baseball, hockey, soccer, etc.) for the kids
  9. Competitive activities
  10. Mobile Vet Van, Blood Mobile, BMV Mobile
  11. Drawings for Great Door Prizes all-day
  12. Food Drive for Indy’s Homeless (Drop non-perishable food items off at the gate

Event Flyer ..... Job Fair Info .... ....
Sponsors Letter Mullti-Use Invoice/Receipt .....
Vendor / Exhibitor Letter Event Program - Draft ....
HHAD SIte Map WRSP Site Map White River State Park

HHAD monthly meetings (live & Zoom) are on the 1st Thursday of each month at 777 N Meridian St at 1:00 PM.
HHAD weekly Wednesday meetings (Zoom only) will be in the evening at 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting Information for HHAD or VSC meetings,
click on: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4041895202?pwd=TTIwSFBpeDJma0dORFBybUZmTGM0Zz09  (password "Don")

For Medical or Physical Emergencies:

  • New - dial 988 - By dialing 988 your call will be immediately routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
    • The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) is always available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.,
  • If you or someone you are helping is hurt or in imminent danger, please get to a phone and dial 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or facing a crisis, dial 2-1-1 in Indy or 1-(866) 211-9966 for immediate help.
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence, dial 1-(800) 332-7385 in Indy for help.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • If you are a Veteran, or a family member of a Veteran, in search of information on how to get goods or services you/they may need, you can dial 2-1-1 or contact one of the Service Providers or Veterans Organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
  • Cellphone users in Marion County may now dial 3-1-1 to reach the non-emergency line for IMPD and other Marion County dispatchers. The non-emergency phone number for callers using landlines is (317) 327-3811.

Please Note:

  • VSC is not a provider of any financial assistance or direct services other than Information and Referrals on where to get goods, services, programs, and benefits for Veterans, the Military, and their families.


  • This is a private website and is NOT affiliated with any U.S. government or U.S. Armed Forces agencies.
  • We reserve the right to monitor the content of this website and regret that some suggested or recommended resources may not be accepted for one reason or another.
  • The information and organizations listed on this website do not necessarily mean that we endorse their information, data, or their resources.  We have done our best to include information and resources that benefit our Veterans, the Military Community, and their Families.

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