Dominating the five-block picturesque setting of War Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis is the Indiana World War Memorial. Sitting 210 feet above street level, this mausoleum-style limestone and marble memorial pays homage to Hoosiers killed during World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Designed in 1926 by architects Frank R. Walker and Harry E. Weeks, this massive memorial was not fully completed until 1965. The structure's exterior includes multiple standing figures (created by Henry Hering), that symbolize Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty and Patriotism.
The Shrine Room, with 24 stained glass windows, is a magnificent architectural setting for the 17-by-30 foot American flag that is suspended from the center of the room. The main floor houses exhibit space, administrative offices, meeting rooms and the Pershing Auditorium. Also on this level is a listing of the names of all Hoosiers who participated in World War I and all Hoosiers who were killed or are MIA from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
A military museum in the basement allows visitors to follow the history of Indiana soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the most recent conflicts.
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Walk Indianapolis: Indiana World War Memorial & Museum
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