INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – Hundreds gathered Wednesday afternoon to remember former Senator Richard Lugar, including Vice President Mike Pence.
Lugar served the state of Indiana in several roles.
He was the mayor of Indianapolis.
Then in 1976, he won a seat in the US Senate.
He would stay in that seat for 36 years.
He left the Senate in 2012.
On April 28, 2019, he died at the age of 87.
Vice President Pence said, “As I traveled around the world as a Congressman and a Senator, I was always struck by the fact no matter what capital or anywhere in the world I was, as soon as I told people I was from Indiana the next two words were Dick Lugar.”
Many say he was a man who always stood by his Midwestern values no matter where he was in the world.
Sen. Lugar went onto become the longest-serving Senator in Indiana history.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Not long ago, he was summoned to the White House to advise President Trump.
The Vice President then went onto say that Lugar not only changed Indiana but the country and the world.
“There’s a Boy Scout rule that says you don’t leave a campsite as good as you found it, you leave it better than you found it. And Dick Lugar left Indiana and America and the world better than he found it,” Pence said.
Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels also spoke at the funeral. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett spoke at the statehouse, where Lugar was remembered as the man who belonged to Indiana – the state he made proud.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Late Sen. Richard Lugar will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Lugar, a former mayor of Indianapolis and United States senator, died last month at the age of 87.
He served two terms as Indianapolis mayor, beginning in 1968. During his time in the mayor’s office, Lugar helped to create modern-day Indianapolis. In 1970, he led the unification of Indianapolis and Marion County suburbs. He also helped spur on the construction of Market Square Arena.
However, Lugar didn’t complete his second term in the mayor’s office as he won election to the United States Senate 1976. He went on to serve six terms as a senator from the Hoosier state, becoming a leading Republican voice on foreign policy and gained a reputation being able to work effectively across the aisle with Democrats.
After laying in repose in Indiana Statehouse for public viewing, Lugar’s funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street.
Lugar’s funeral will affect traffic. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has outlined places traffic concerns for drivers on Wednesday (all times Eastern):
- 9 a.m.: Expect delays on Interstate 465 on the north and west sides.
- 11:30 a.m.: Delaware Street between Washington and Market streets will be closed for the raising of the garrison flag.
- 11:45 a.m.: Capitol Avenue will be closed between Ohio and Washington Streets.
- Noon to 1:15 p.m.: 86th Street will be closed between Meridian Street and Spring Mill Road.
- 12:05 p.m.: The funeral procession leaves the Statehouse. It will run south on Capitol Avenue to Maryland Street, east to Delaware Street, north to Michigan, west to Illinois Street, north to 34th Street, east to Washington Boulevard, north to 43rd Street, west to Meridian Street, north of 86th Street and west to the church.
- 12:50 p.m.: The funeral procession will arrive at the church.
- 1:15-2:45 p.m.: 86th Street will be reduced to one-lane traffic in each direction. Avoid the area if possible.
- 2:45-3:30 p.m.: Expect extended delays on 86th Street between Spring Mill Road and Meridian Street, and on Meridian Street from 86th Street to I-465 as several dignitaries leave the funeral.
- 2:50-4 p.m.: Expect delays on the north and west interstate systems.