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Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day

This event was held nine years from 2011 to 2019.  COVID-19 shut us down for four years.  In late 2024 it will be expanded to include our First Responders and renamed Hoosier Horeos Appreciation Day (HHAD) at White River State Park in Downtown Indy.

     Marion County Fairgrounds Entrance Sign Mayor Joe Hogsett, Don Hawkins, Dennis Wimer, Matt Hall & Gordon Smith Ponytail's cars at Garfield Park General Umbarger, Don Hawkins & General Goodwin Bounce House ate Garfield Park Mobile Vet Van Custom Car Show at 2019 Mayors Event Don Hawkins opening speaker at the Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event Motorcycle at 2019 Mayors' Event Jill Fewell & WWII Veteran  
Don Hawkins Accepting Certification of Appreciation from Mayor Hogsett Heather Harvey, Don Hawkins, Karlee Macer, Gordon Smith & Dave Bechtel General Umbarger, Don Hawkins & General Goodwin The Mayors brought Santa to town early this year.
85 Vendors in the Marion County Fairgrounds 4-H Building Brianna Holt & Don Hawkins POW-MIA Flag Mayor Ballard and two Veterans

VSC & MACV would like to thank all the Veterans and their Family members that came to our 9th Annual Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day event on the 20th of July 2019. Despite of temperatures in the mid 90's we welcomed over 1,100 people and made it a great success.
Our 10th Annual Mayors' event scheduled for 2020 and2021 has been rescheduled because of the Coronvirus until 2022.

The Mayors' Event was suspended from 2020 to 2022 because of COVID-19 
Click on Picture to Download the Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day Flyer

Please Download & Distribute the Below Event Flyers & Information
To Sponsor, or make an In-Kind Donation to this year's event, please contact: Don Hawkins at: Hawkins@VSC.ooo, or call (317) 632-0500  
Front of Flyer Car Show Job Fair Motorcycle Ride Back of Flyer
Sponsors Letter Mullti-Use Invoice/Receipt .....
Event Press Release Program & Agenda Vendors List
Vendor's Letter Vendor-Employer Instructions Fairgrounds Layout

Past Mayors' Veterans Appreciation Day Events

  • Inaugural
    6 August 2011
    American Legion Mall
    2nd Annual
  • 4 August 2012
    American Legion Mall
    3rd Annual
  • 13 July 2013
    Eagle Creek
  • 4th Annual
    17 May 2014
    Garfield Park
  • 5th Annual
    13 June 2015
    Garfield Park
  • 6th Annual
    15 October 2016
    Garfield Park
  • 7th Annual
    10 June 2017
    Garfield Park
  • 8th Annual
    9 June 2018
    Garfield Park
  • 9th Annual
    20 July 2019

    Marion County Fairgrounds
  • Years 2020 thru 2022 were cancelled because of COVIA-19
  • 10th Annual is postponed until 2023 under a new name and purpose, Hoosier Heroes Appreciation Day on the 23rd of September 2023

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.
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