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Indiana fair honors five killed in stage collapse

August 15th, 2011 10:02 am by TOM LoBIANCO

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's lieutenant governor opened a memorial service for five people killed in a weekend stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair with a prayer expressing thanks for those who rushed to help immediately after high winds toppled stage rigging.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman told about 500 people gathered for the service at the fairgrounds' Free Stage that the people who rushed to help "set aside their personal concerns and moved toward the accident and not away" to help the injured Saturday.

She says that selfless spirit "is and will continue to be the silver lining in times of disaster."

Gov. Mitch Daniels and others sat in folding chairs on the stage lined with bouquets of sunflowers while many in the audience sobbed or hugged each other.

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