Indiana War MemorialsAt the onset of the Civil War in 1861, there were virtually no active military units in Indiana. Yet within a week after the assault upon Fort Sumter, thousand of volunteers answered the call and assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana to go to war! For everyone and anyone who is a Civil War buff and/or student - The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum warrants a visit to Indianapolis on its own.
Solders and Sailors MonumentAn outstanding achievement of Architectural and Sculptural Art, the Solders and Sailors Monument has
Indiana War Memorial PlazaThe Indiana War Memorial Plaza is located downtown Indianapolis at 431
University ParkUniversity Park is located on the
American Legion MallAs you cross over North Street from Veteran's Memorial Plaza, you enter the American Legion Mall which stretches for two city blocks. The openness of the mall makes it ideal for outdoor activities. The National Headquarters Building for the American Legion is on the north side of the Mall, built in 1950. Near the southwest corner of the Mall is the Vietnam segment of the Vietnam and Korean Wars Memorial. This was dedicated in 1996. The Vietnam segment is slightly larger than the Korean in order to show the relationship of the number of people killed or missing in action during the two wars. The names of the 1,525 Hoosiers killed in Vietnam appear on the concave side of the Vietnam War Memorial, and the names of the 927 Hoosiers who were killed in action during the Korean War are listed on the concave side of the Korean War Memorial. The Sunken Garden/Cenotaph Square which was built in 1931 is a tribute to Indiana's war dead. This tomb is inscribed with a memorial on the north side to James Bethal Gresham of Evansville, Indiana, who was the first member of the American Expeditionary Forces to lose his life in world War I.
The USS IndianapolisNamed in honor of the capitol city of Indiana, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis was launched in 1931. She began her 13-year career as the Flagship of the Scouting Force, and later, the Scouting Fleet. Prior to World War II, she served several times as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal ship of state. On Sunday, the 30th of July, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was attacked and sunk. Of the 1,197 men in her crew, only 318 were rescued alive. The Memorial is located at the north end of the Canal Water Walk at Senate Avenue and Walnut Street, downtown Indianapolis. The Memorial is an outdoors memorial. Formal dedication took place in 1995. The remaining survivors and the next of kin who did not survive were the guests of honor. More than 6,000 people from all across the country were in attendance. The USS Indianapolis National Memorial joins a list of only 26 other national Memorials in the United States. For further information on tours and locations: (317) 232-7615.
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