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LATEST DONATION IMPACT
Reunions: One of Legacy’s stated goals is to preserve the opportunity to hold reunions. Due to the limitations imposed by the COVID pandemic, we were unable to proceed with an in-person reunion commemorating the 75th-anniversary milestone, July 30, 2020. In its place, a virtual 3-day event was provided where Survivors, family, friends, and the public were offered expanded content and ceremonies safely in the comfort of their own homes. Donations helped us cover the cost of making that transition a success. The 2020 virtual reunion helped us share Indy’s story with new audiences. On our Facebook page alone, over 135,000 people were reached. We had over 205,000 views on our virtual sites.
In commemoration of the 76th Anniversary, Legacy prepared a video Memorial Service that honors the entire final sailing crew. For the first time ever all the crew’s names will be presented with photos where available. Hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours were invested in researching and collecting the information on the 1,195 members of the final sailing crew. Your donations support the professional film production that brings them to the viewers.
Flag Program: Another way the story has been honored by Legacy is a more formalized flag program. The flag program honors the final sailing crew of USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and provides a keepsake for families. Each year, requestors ask that flags be flown over the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) National Memorial. Our Flag Committee honors these requests, then mails or delivers the flags through a collaborative partnership with the Indiana War Memorial. This year, there were seven flags flown over the monument and presented to families.
Educational Programs: The Education Committee partnered with National History Clubs (NHC) for a two-part ZOOM presentation entitled, Never Give Up. From California to Florida to Virginia, some 137 high school history students and teachers joined in as our expert presenters shared the story of USS Indianapolis (CA-35). The program has been archived and is available for viewing on demand through our website. The committee has also developed a self-study module.
Final Crew Stories: Much has been written about USS Indianapolis CA-35, its final mission, fatal sinking, miraculous rescue, and aftermath. We have treasured the first-hand stories from those who survived, but little has been written about the men who served—and sacrificed all, the ones we refer to as Lost at Sea. Legacy committees are developing two Lost at Sea research projects. One project focuses on the African American final crew members who served in the Steward’s Branch aboard Indy. They lived and worked separately from the rest of their shipmates, and yet the work they did was critical to the morale and support of the ship. The story of these unsung heroes will be published in a book in 2022-2023. The other project is focused on collecting family stories or other biographical information for all 879 crew members who lost their lives in the sinking of the ship as well as the nine additional crew members who were killed by the March 31, 1945 kamikaze attack in Okinawa.
Student Membership: Youngsters aged 5-18 can now experience the joys of honoring USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and her crew. Your donations help build this program and fuel imaginations.
Caring for Survivors and Families: Over the past 15 months, more than 40 members of the Indianapolis community have met weekly with some of our living Survivors via Zoom. This platform has offered the survivors a chance to connect with friends and family, make new friends and share their stories with those committed to continuing to tell it. It has also provided a great opportunity for Lost at Sea and Survivor families to connect and share their stories.
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