Ex-Sen. Lugar honored at Indianapolis ceremony

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Dozens of Indianapolis political and civic leaders joined a tribute for former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar outside the building where he served as the city’s mayor before winning the first of his six Senate terms.

Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett called Lugar an “American statesman” during Monday’s ceremony a day after he died at age 87.

Hogsett and Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb placed a memorial wreath beside the sign for the Richard G. Lugar Plaza next to the City-County Building. Flags nearby were at half-staff as directed by Holcomb to honor Lugar until the day of his funeral, which hasn’t yet been announced.

Lugar was a Republican foreign policy expert who helped spur the dismantling of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons. He served in the Senate from 1977 until 2013.

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