INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a memorial service Friday on the steps of the statehouse where he was first inaugurated seven years ago, Gov. Frank O'Bannon was honored with Irish tunes and military salutes and remembered as a man who was "proof that nice guys do finish first."
Thousands gathered to bid a final farewell to O'Bannon, who died after suffering a stroke earlier this month. The Democrat was 73.
The interfaith memorial service included a 19-round artillery salute and a barbershop quartet singing "Danny Boy."
"This spirit of being connected to something larger than ourselves was a hallmark of the way Frank O'Bannon approached life, and his death makes us feel the rightness of it ever more strongly," Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard said.