In the mid 1960's, some civic-minded individuals decided
that the City of Indianapolis needed to honor Indiana Veterans with a special
observance of Veterans Day. Many of the smaller cities and towns in Indiana
as well as many Service Organization Posts in Indianapolis did indeed recognize
Hoosier Veterans on this special day, but there was no citywide observance
of what was initially known as Armistice Day.
Through the joint effort of civic leaders, military leaders, educators and the business community, a committee was formed to organize appropriate recognition events for a Veterans Day observance. Records of those early organizational meetings are not available, and it was not until 1972 that the first official records of the Veterans Day Council were created. All the records from 1972 to 2005 are available in bound volumes in the library of The American Legion National Headquarters.
Today Veterans Day in Indianapolis is observed in much the same way as in those early years, with a Memorial Service, a Parade and a Banquet. The Veterans Day Council is now incorporated, but its charge has not changed since it was organized in the 1960's - - to appropriately recognize the Veterans of Indiana so that their deeds and sacrifices will not be forgotten.