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Franklin to honor Trooper Aaron Smith at firecracker festival

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) — The Franklin Firecracker Festival is set to pop off Monday evening with a special tribute to Indiana State Trooper Aaron Smith.

Smith was hit and killed last week while attempting to stop a stolen vehicle during a pursuit.

The Franklin Firecracker Festival will have an array of food trucks and a beer garden starting at 5:30 p.m.

The tribute in honor of Trooper Aaron Smith will be at the Amphitheater at Youngs Creek Park with a patriotic concert from The Franklin Community Band from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a moment of silence before the band plays “God Bless America.”

Following the concert, the Blue River Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. The festivities will conclude with a bang, as the firework show begins at 10:10 p.m.