Indiana Blue Star Salute – May 16, 2009

Indiana Ride for the Salute from Jason Bean on Vimeo.

A friend of mine is responsible for organizing the Indiana Blue Star Ride for the Salute 2009. Last year was their third year to revive the ride and they ended up having the largest turnout and participants in the country, this year they want to make it even larger.

The American Legion is once again planning the largest Blue Star Salute; Armed Forces Day celebration in the country this year. On May 16th, currently active military servicepersons and their families from all over Indiana, along with the general public, are invited to attend the event at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Admission and parking is FREE.

With gates open at 1 p.m., the family ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. with the arrival of more than 1,000 motorcyclists completing the ‘Ride for the Salute’; making this the third largest motorcycle event in Indiana; A tour through Hendricks County which raises donations for The American Legacy Scholarship Fund. 133 of the American Legion Riders will carry a special flag each with a name of one of the Indiana fallen heroes lost in the middle-east war.  A special ceremony performed by the Riders and the United States Naval Sea Cadets, Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) Division.  U.S. and Indiana colors will arrive via skydivers, a flag ceremony, invocation and family presentation will be held, after which ORP will resume its racing schedule, this year hosting ARA oval racing.

This is a great cause and there’s a ton of things planned for this year. If you’ve got a motorcycle (or willing to let me use yours for free!) what a great way to show your support for our military and their families.

Read Full Press Release for Indiana Blue Star Salute 2009 (PDF)


  1. Marion says:

    oh, to bad I was not aware of this ride !
    My husband has been a Soldier for almost 30 years , and we love to ride our bikes for special Events .How perfect this would have been .
    I hope to make it next year .

  2. Thank you for your service to me and our country. It is significantly appreciated and an honor to live in this country for sacrifices from people like you.

  3. LCPL William J.Compt says:

    I am glad that there is a month to recognize the military. i am a marine of almost 8 years. i really love my job. i am willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for my country. i am a true blue american all the way to the core. so i thank all of you, the people of indiana, for your continuing support. i was born and raised in columbus. so once again i thank all of you for standing behind me and my military family.