On May 22, keynote speaker Commander Billy D. Franklin who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1996 with a Bachelors of Science degree in History spoke in Carmel to celebrate Memorial Day. Earning his wings in November 1997, he reported to Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island to fly the EA-6B Prowler. While assigned to VAQ-133, he made three deployments to Saudi Arabia and Incirlik, Turkey where he flew in support of Operation NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH enforcing the no fly zone over Iraq.
Members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts participated in a flag raising ceremony and all had the opportunity to place flowers at the Memorial to commemorate all military veterans. A variety of Patriotic music at the ceremony was be provided by: Carmel Elementary music teacher Cynthia Ensign Baney, Blair Clark and the Midwest Academy Choir.