Flags at half-staff to honor former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, who passed away early Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of his funeral, Wednesday, May 15.

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff as well to honor former U.S. Sen. Lugar.

SOURCE: News release from the Office of Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb

On behalf of the Lugar family, The Lugar Center issued the following statement regarding funeral and farewell arrangements for former United States Senator Richard Lugar:

The Lugar family extends its heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of condolences since the Senator’s unexpected death early Sunday. 

The funeral service will occur on Wednesday May 15 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  The Senator served as a lay elder at St Luke’s and his family were founding members.

Additionally, the Senator will lie in state in the Rotunda of the State Capitol for 24 hours prior to the funeral.  In a brief ceremony at noon on Tuesday May 14, Governor Holcomb will commence the memorial period, after which the Rotunda will be open for those who wish to pay respects at the catafalque.  The public will be welcome through sunset on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. on Wednesday.  The Lugar family will be available to greet well-wishers in the South Atrium of the Capitol from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday the 14th. 

The seating capacity of the church will not permit everyone who wishes to attend the funeral to be there in person.  As space permits, we will admit as many as possible.  More information on this process will be forthcoming.

Additionally, so that all the Senator’s friends world-wide can view the funeral, the entire service will be streamed live on the internet.  More information on that will also be forthcoming.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to The Lugar Center in order to continue the Senator’s work on nonproliferation, global food security and bipartisan governance. Click here.