The weekend of March 24-25 was a significant one in Indianapolis, which saw activities associated with the homecoming celebration of SAL National Commander Chris Carlton.
Activities included a dinner at his home Leo F. Welch Jr. Post 495 on the east side of Indianapolis. There, he greeted Legion Family members from his post and those in town for the event. The participants included American Legion National Commander "Jim" Troiola and National Auxiliary President Vickie Koutz, also an Indiana native.
The following day, the group visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and, after lunch at Speedway Post 500, a visit to the Indiana War Memorial. The Speedway visit included a lap around the famed Motor Speedway oval. Unfortunately for the participants, the lap was in a tour bus.
The group did get out of the bus and was able to walk on the most famous yard of bricks in racing - the finish line, made from the original bricks which comprised the surface of the track. Carlton even got the opportunity to kiss the bricks.
The visit to the Indiana War Memorial Museum drove home the contributions Indiana residents have made to the war efforts of the conflicts and wars our country fought.
That night, the commander was honored at a homecoming dinner at Post 64. The banquet room was packed with a host of dignitaries including Troiola and Koutz, and friends, family members and Legion Family members from throughout the country who feted the current SAL leader.