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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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We honor exceptional organizations and individuals with outstanding achievements for our state and nation. The Indiana Society of Chicago has always prided itself on attracting star performers for its dinner entertainment. The legendary Hoagy Carmichael was a mainstay of the Society. Veteran members recall with relish the dinner of 1955 when the scheduled headliner was unable at the last moment to make his appearance, so Carmichael sprang to the stage and gave an incomparable, impromptu performance. Always one of the most anticipated traditions is the remembrance of Society members deceased since the previous dinner. The “Necrologist” in a darkened room begins by reciting a short poem by James Whitcomb Riley with its affirmation of the memory and spirit for ones living on. He then solemnly calls each of the departed member’s names while cadets extinguish candles in their honor. The orchestra’s muted strains begin to build, finally exploding into a jazzy crescendo of “Back Home Again in Indiana” as a celebration of their lives. “All honor to their Hoosier names!” asks the necrologist as shouts of “Hear, Hear” ring out and close the ceremony.