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Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade Presented by Citizens State Bank

Thank you to all supporters!

The New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the largest Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade in the Midwest!
Presented by Citizens State Bank

We are blessed to have the opportunity to all come together and remember the fallen and honor those who are still with us today.

Monday, May 27, 2024
Downtown New Castle
9:00am Ceremony on courthouse lawn
Click here for printable ceremony program
10:00am Parade

Restrooms will be available at the Justice Center parking lot, community building at the corner of Broad and Main Streets, 1400 Plaza, library parking lot and Armory parking lot.

VETERANS please check-in at the hospitality table upon arrival between 8:30am and 8:55am. Limited veteran parking available along Race Street on the south side of the courthouse.

Parade theme: Freedom Doesn't Come Free
Parade Cash and Trophy Award: Chamber Choice Float
Certificate Awards: Crowd Pleaser, Patriotic, Most Unique, and Youth Spirit

Click here for float guidelines

No Public Parking in Citizens State Bank parking lot.

Due to the construction at the library and limited parking lot space there the Little League and softball teams will be lining up for parade in the Citizens State Bank north of the bank drive-thru.

Vendors will be open in the the lot east of the justice center at the corner of Race and Main Streets.

Tropical Shaved Ice, Kory's Kettle Corn, Dunkin' Donuts (free coffee!), BRV Booster (walking tacos), KPT Games with $5 kids game (prize every time!)

2024 Parade Route Map
Veteran Parking Instructions Map
Dixie the Praying Dog will be joining us again in 2024! Learn more about Dixie on her Facebook page!

A crowd favorite, stilt walkers, will be entertaining the crowd again in 2024!

Everyone loves horses in a parade. This year we are happy to welcome the Red Hats Purple Chaps lady riders!

Memorial Day Ceremony

The Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 9am in the New Castle Courthouse lawn.

The ceremony honors the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States military.

Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We remember those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.


Click here for printable program

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2024 - Henry County Courthouse Lawn

Master of Ceremonies
Amy Glaser
Owner, Amy Glaser State Farm
Chamber Board Member

Pastor Jerry Ingalls, Pastor at First Baptist Family Life Center

National Anthem (please rise)
New Castle Marching Band directed by Mr. John Edwards, Assistant Director Rebecca Ward



Korea and Vietnam


Grenada, Panama, Gulf War, Bosnia

Afghanistan and Iraq

Peace-time and Current Service

Chuck Brenneman - "Above and Beyond"

Greg York, Mayor of New Castle

Special Guests
U.S. Army Captain Nate LaMar
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Anthony Carvalho
U.S. Army Proud Paratrooper Jerry Ingalls

Placing of the Wreath
VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Gun Salute and Taps
VFW Post #1282 Honor Guard
American Legion Post #137 Honor Guard

Dixie the Praying Dog
Jeff Jaco, Pastor The Sanctuary New Castle

Memorial Day Facts, Meaning and Traditions

Remember: Raise the flag with honor and respect! Guidelines for flying the American Flag.

National Poppy Day is May 26, 2024 - The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since WWI to honor those who served and did for our country in all wars. Read the story of the red poppy.



Memorial Day Parade & Sponsor Information

Parade registration closes May 17th. Parade entries after May 17th will fall in at end of parade.

Parade registrants: Instructions for line up will go out by email no later than May 22nd.  If you do not receive an email please contact us at

Parade sponsor print deadline for window clings is May 1st. Any sponsorships after May 1st will not be on promotional window clings.

The Memorial Day parade begins at 10am in downtown New Castle, Indiana

The parade is a long-time community anticipated event!

NEW Cash prizes in 2024. Watch for update! There is a cash prize for the best decorated patriotic theme entry.   Be creative with your floats! Let's make 2024 our greatest year yet in memory of our fallen heroes!

Memorial Day Parade Sponsor $250-  receives signage to place on float or carry in parade, website, program and social media recognition. Will be included in sponsor listing on window cling at the corner of Main St. and Broad St. in downtown New Castle. Sponsorship must be in by May 3 to meet deadline to be included in window cling promotion.

Additional levels of sponsorship are available. See link below for full details.

Click here to be a sponsor!

All participants must be registered to be in the parade. If you do not register and show up you will be placed at the end of the line up.

-Those with children participating in the parade must assume responsibility for the safety of those children.
-The Chamber is not responsible for accidents or injuries caused by participation in the parade. Participants assume all risks and responsibilities.
-The Chamber is not responsible for accidents or injuries caused by participation in the parade. Participants assume all risks and responsibilities.

Road Closures will be in place no later than 9am. Road closure map will be posted closer to parade date.


Thank you to Cathy Crabtree for providing the photography

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