I grew up in Indianapolis. If you know nothing else about Indy, you know they hold a little party there every year on Memorial Day weekend. They have dances, dinners, concerts, breakfasts and a huge parade. Then, to cap it all off, several drivers strap themselves into small jets on wheels and go for a 500 mile Sunday drive. If you've only seen it on television, try it live sometime. TV can't possibly capture it. Imagine standing just a few feet away from the fastest field of race cars anywhere, three abreast — the only major race that starts that way — as they scream by at straightaway speeds nearing 230 mph. The person standing next to you can shout as loud as possible, but you won't hear. Your body vibrates in the ruckus so that, in a way, you feel like you're touching the cars. The scent of fuel hangs in the air... you can smell the start. When you are there, you are in such sensory overload you don't just watch the Indianapolis 500; you participate.
Steve Harrison, 32° KCCH, is a Past Master of Liberty Lodge #31, Liberty, Missouri. He is the editor of the Missouri Freemasonmagazine, author of the book Freemasonry Crosses the Mississippi, a Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research and also its Senior Warden. He is a dual member of Kearney Lodge #311, St. Joseph Missouri Valley of the Scottish Rite, Liberty York Rite, Moila Shrine and is a member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.