The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison will pay tribute to World War II veterans at a service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.

The service is part of an international effort to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945. 

The event will honor all World War II veterans and memorializes the approximately half million U.S. service members who lost their lives during the war, among whom at least 11,680 were Hoosiers. 

All World War II veterans and their families are invited to be guests of honor at the service. 

Speakers scheduled to participate include Madison Mayor Damon Welch and two members of the Indiana General Assembly, Rep. Randy Frye and Rep. Terry Goodin. 

Participants in the ceremony will lay a wreath at the base of military service flags. 

The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 1415 North Gate Road. 

For more information, contact Alan J. Burnham, superintendent of the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, at aburnham@dva.in.gov or (812) 273-9220. For more information on the international effort to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, visit www.spiritof45.org.