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Hoosier Heroes: New hall of fame honors Indiana veterans

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 15, 2015) - They’re the faces of our Hoosier Heroes – veterans of different generations who’ve served our country and our community.

Now a new hall of fame is looking for local veterans to enshrine into this year's class of inductees.

“We have two categories we award and honor people for,” said Annette Roy with the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. “One is military valor, being a hero on the battlefield. Many of our inductees last year have bronze stars or purple hearts but we have a second category, having served in the military, being out and having given back to one’s community.”

The group inducted 16 members into its inaugural class last year. One is a retired state senator, another works as an attorney in Downtown Indianapolis.

“It’s really quite humbling and certainly quite an honor,” said attorney James Sweeney, who served as a colonel in Desert Storm. “I was just in awe of the folks that were inducted along with me, their stories and the sacrifices they made.”

More inductees will be honored later this year- and the group is taking nominations through August 1. You can find a nominating packet on the organization’s web site.

“We would like to see more ethnicity and we’d like to see a diverse class,” said Roy. “It can be anyone who has served in the military, deceased or living, who has ties to Indiana.”

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Sweeney. “I think the intent behind it is to honor the sacrifice and the honor that service members and their families have brought on Indiana.”

It’s a hall of fame that exists only on the internet for now, but they’re hoping to build a physical location soon in the Fort Harrison area.

“I think we have a lot of deserving people in Indiana,” said Sweeney.