On Veterans Day, I drove up to Crown Hill Cemetery, a quiet haven surrounded by several of Indy's busiest streets. The time of year when the leaves are golden and afire was ending, and so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to explore.
I had been wanting to find John Dillinger's grave, admittedly, and had also wanted to visit the final resting places of other famous Indy residents--the ones who helped found the city, who helped shape it. The ones I wrote about for Historic Indianapolis.
It was a beautiful day. Cloudy, but calm, so getting lost within the cemetery's gates was a welcome idea. And, really, getting lost is entirely possible; there are 25 miles of paved road within the cemetery's grounds. (Crown Hill is actually the nation's third-largest non-governmental cemetery.) And while there, I spoke with a few veterans, snapped a few photos, kicked at the leaves and watched them kaleidoscope into the air. And remembered; this is the place John Green references in The Fault in Our Stars. ... and I can see why.