First of all, the cemetery, is HUGE: 555 acres, which makes it the third largest non-governmental cemetery in the United States. I downloaded their map onto my phone, because I wanted to see some of the more 'famous' graves before we had to go back to pick up my son.
There is an actual Crown Hill at the cemetery, which is the highest point in the city of Indianapolis. I drove our car to the top of the hill, and that's where we began our adventure. At the top of that hill is buried James Whitcomb Riley, a nationally-recognized Indiana-born author and poet, known especially for his children's literature. Riley's name is an everyday word to those of us living in the Indy area; the Children's Hospital is named after him, as is the Riley Children's Foundation, which funds not only the hospital, but camps and other programs dedicated to the health and well-being of children.
Even having known about Riley's legacy in the city of Indianapolis, I still was still emotionally touched when we walked up to his grave site. Underneath beautiful classical columns lay his stone and this plaque.
©2014, copyright Emily Kowalski Schroeder