• A morning memorial service honors five killed at the state fair Saturday night

    August 15, 2011 No comments

    The Indiana State Fair reopened at 8 a.m. this morning for the first time since Saturday’s deadly accident for a remembrance service that honored those who were killed when a strong gust of wind sent the rigging above the main stage tumbling to the ground just before 9 p.m. Saturday night. Four people were killed and a fifth later died at an Indianapolis Hospital.

    The seats in front of the Free Stage were filled well before the slated 9 a.m. start time. Those who could not find seats stood just outside.

    Indiana governor Mitch Daniels addressed the crowd saying his heart was heavy with sadness.

    The governor continued, saying his heart was full for those who rushed into the chaos to rescue, help and comfort the injured. Saying “There was a hero every 10 feet Saturday,”

    The victim’s names were read at the conclusion of Monday’s service as bouquets of bright, vibrant flowers, symbolizing the lives lost, were carried across the stage.

    Then, the crowd assembled joined in singing “Amazing Grace.”


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