5 Inspiring Monuments Around Indianapolis
Indianapolis is a city rich in history and culture. Did you know that aside from Washington D.C., we feature more historic monuments and American memorials than any other city in the entire United States? A great way to celebrate Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or Independence Day, is to spend it visiting these great places that honor all those heroic people who have fought for our freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. We at Eastgate Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram encourage you to visit these five inspiring monuments around Indianapolis.
The Korean and Vietnam War Memorials
The Korean and Vietnam War Memorials are two powerful memorials located within the American Legion Mall. Nestled side by side, together they are 12.5 feet around and well over 25 feet high. The Vietnam cylinder is a bit taller than the Korean War Memorial because the war lasted longer and sadly, had a greater number of deaths. One part of the cylinders displays the engraved letters from fallen Hoosier soldiers to their families and loved ones, along with outlines of the wars. Another side of the memorials shows the names of the beloved Hoosier soldiers that were tragically lost in the wars.
USS Indianapolis Memorial
Situated at the north end of the Canal, the USS Indianapolis Memorial has the special honor of being one of just 26 memorials designated by Congress as a National Memorial. It took over 50 years, but the compassionate survivors of the sunken ship finally raised enough funds to build the striking memorial.
Soldier and Sailors Monument and Memorial
An iconic symbol of Indianapolis and the great state of Indiana, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Memorial is over 284 feet tall and a must-see for any visitor to the city. It serves as a touching memorial to honor the brave people who served in our nation’s wars, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier War and the Spanish-American War. Note that it is closed to visitors on all state and national holidays, with the exception of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Indiana World War Memorial and Museum
The Indiana World War Memorial and Museum pays tribute to all Hoosiers killed while proudly serving our country. The memorial features an impressive 30,000 square foot museum showcasing fascinating details about American military history.
Not far from the World War Memorial building is beautiful University Park. The picturesque parkland was once used as an area to train and develop Union soldiers during the Civil War. When the war ended, the people of Indianapolis came together to create a fund to turn the land into a park for all to enjoy.
If you’ve never visited any of these inspiring monuments in Indianapolis, you’re missing out. They are all stunning and memorable, and each is special in its own way. It’s a fabulous way to show your respect to the incredible men and women who have served and died protecting our freedom.
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