Indiana War Memorials

Indiana War Memorials Honoring Hoosier Veterans and Volunteers. For more information: https://www.indianawarmemorials.org/
Find us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/indwarmemorial Find us on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/indianawarmemorial/ Donations to support Indiana War Memorial Programs can be mailed to: Indiana War Memorial Foundation 431 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Donations ARE deductable)
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Hours of operation: Indiana War Memorial, Shrine Room & Military Museum 431 North Meridian St Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm except: Closed all State Holidays Soldiers and Sailors Monument Monument Circle Gift Shop & Observation Deck (south entry) 10:30am – 5:30pm Friday through Sunday November to April Wednesday through Sunday May to October Observation Deck closes at 5:15p on open days Closed on all State Holidays Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum 10:30am – 5:30pm Friday through Sunday November to April Wednesday through Sunday May to October Closed on all State Holidays

Mission: Our mission is two-fold: Honor Our main mission is to honor Hoosier veterans, and ensure that the sacrifices they've made to defend our great nation and preserve our freedoms are not forgotten. Educate We are equally committed to educating citizens about the military history of our state and country, and especially about those who served, and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may live the lifestyle we so often take for granted. In today's world, fewer and fewer citizens serve in the military; therefore, there are fewer civic leaders, legislators, teachers, and parents who can relate first-hand what it means to serve in the Armed Forces. We feel it is important for all Americans, and especially our youth, to hear this story.

For those of our followers interested in following the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Virtual Reunion Commemorating 75 Years, pl...
07/30/2020

For those of our followers interested in following the USS Indianapolis CA-35 Virtual Reunion Commemorating 75 Years, please check out the official USS Indianapolis Website and page
https://www.ussindianapolis.com/ and USS Indianapolis

75 years ago today the USS Indianapolis was hit by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine The USS Indy was just complet...
07/30/2020

75 years ago today the USS Indianapolis was hit by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine The USS Indy was just completing a top secret mission and on its way join other surface forces in the Philippines. There was only 316 survivors of the 1,195 crew members, leaving many loved ones lost at sea forever.

Today we remember the legacy of the USS Indianapolis and all its crew members.

Visit the USS Indianapolis CA 35 Memorial at the north end of Canal Walk in Downtown Indianapolis.

Check out the Indiana War Memorials Foundation's recent interview with Pat Spence, Indiana War Memorials very own Garden...
07/29/2020

Check out the Indiana War Memorials Foundation's recent interview with Pat Spence, Indiana War Memorials very own Gardener. She helps keep our parks beautiful all summer long! http://ow.ly/Py3450ALiSF

Another group became citizens today. This is truly one of the best days here. Congratulations and welcome!
07/27/2020

Another group became citizens today. This is truly one of the best days here. Congratulations and welcome!

Welcome to 86 new American citizens.
07/23/2020

Welcome to 86 new American citizens.

Today 86 immigrants become citizens of our great country!  The Indiana War Memorial is  blessed to be able to hold these...
07/23/2020

Today 86 immigrants become citizens of our great country! The Indiana War Memorial is blessed to be able to hold these ceremonies. Usually they are inside but with COVID-19 restrictions, the Federal Court is trying something new. Welcome to our country!

"75 years ago today, USS Indianapolis departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard on a high-speed mission to Tinian Island by wa...
07/16/2020

"75 years ago today, USS Indianapolis departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard on a high-speed mission to Tinian Island by way of Pearl Harbor. Along with top secret cargo, and two undercover Army officers, Furman & Nolan, she carried 250 brand-new crew members. Some were teenagers, fresh out of boot camp and sea school, having never seen a ship before joining Indianapolis. McVay received their orders just days before, and had no idea what the marine-guarded containers held."

If you find yourself in downtown Indianapolis, pay respects to USS Indianapolis CA-35 Memorial located at the North end of the Canal Walk.

75 years ago today, USS Indianapolis departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard on a high-speed mission to Tinian Island by way of Pearl Harbor. Along with top secret cargo, and two undercover Army officers, Furman & Nolan, she carried 250 brand-new crew members. Some were teenagers, fresh out of boot camp and sea school, having never seen a ship before joining Indianapolis. McVay received their orders just days before, and had no idea what the marine-guarded containers held.

“INDY ROLLED FORWARD, HURDLING over the wave tops and shouldering through the troughs, her hull swelling with slow, deep breaths like the flanks of a galloping horse. Captain Charles McVay could taste the salt air on the bridge as his ship cleaved the sea at flank speed, near her maximum of thirty-one knots, or about thirty-five miles per hour. Topside watchstanders leaned toward the bow as the ship churned her own stiff breeze, while below, a small army of men tended a steaming battery of boilers and turbines.

Once Indy cleared the worst of the weather, McVay made his way to the flag lieutenant's quarters to check on his Army guests. They were quartered in one of the larger staterooms on the fo’c’s’le deck just aft of the admiral's cabin, with a double bunk and a desk built into the steel bulkheads. Furman and Nolan were there, their curious canisters padlocked and secured to the deck with chains and eyebolts as Furman had requested.

It was then that McVay received another sliver of information. Furman revealed that Captain Nolan was not an artillery officer. He was a physician, sent on the mission to assure McVay that the material brought aboard his ship was safe.

McVay processed this revelation and thought for a moment about what the shipment might contain. Aloud, he asked whether the canisters contained bacteria.

When he did not receive an answer, he let the moment pass. "My crew and I will do everything possible to ensure safe passage of your cargo," he said.

Then McVay departed. Later, he called several key officers to the bridge. "We're on a special mission," McVay told them. "I can't tell you what the mission is. I don't know myself, but I've been told that every day we take off the trip is a day off the war."

Excerpt from “INDIANAPOLIS”

If you are in the downtown area, please come visit the Original Farmers Market going on down at the Circle until 1:30 pm...
07/15/2020

If you are in the downtown area, please come visit the Original Farmers Market going on down at the Circle until 1:30 pm.

Today at the Circle!

Today, we were honored to have at the Indiana War Memorial Hoosier Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Sammy Davis. To learn mo...
07/15/2020

Today, we were honored to have at the Indiana War Memorial Hoosier Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Sammy Davis. To learn more about this true American hero, please visit our museum - once we are open - and visit his exhibit. He was in today to donate more of his personal memorabilia. Thank you sir for your service and for trusting the Indiana War Memorial with your valuable items for all Hoosiers to learn from.

What a beautiful day for a wedding!  Please contact our Events Coordinator, Emily Gray at 317-233-0529 if you would like...
07/13/2020

What a beautiful day for a wedding! Please contact our Events Coordinator, Emily Gray at 317-233-0529 if you would like to use one of our facilities for your special day.

Happy Birthday America! How are you celebrating your Independence Day? Be sure to get out and enjoy one of our many memo...
07/04/2020

Happy Birthday America! How are you celebrating your Independence Day? Be sure to get out and enjoy one of our many memorials out in Indianapolis this summer!

Happy Father’s Day! Thanks to all of the dads out there that have served or are currently serving in the United States M...
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day! Thanks to all of the dads out there that have served or are currently serving in the United States Military. We appreciate you!

Happy 245th Birthday to the US Army and Happy Flag Day! Be sure to honor all your US Army Veterans who have served and a...
06/14/2020

Happy 245th Birthday to the US Army and Happy Flag Day! Be sure to honor all your US Army Veterans who have served and are currently serving to protect our freedom and fly your flag proudly today.

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at http://ow.ly/TH7Q50A6bSW and Amazon donates to Indiana Wa...
06/13/2020

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at http://ow.ly/TH7Q50A6bSW and Amazon donates to Indiana War Memorials Foundation Inc.

06/05/2020

We want to thank everyone who has expressed their concern for our downtown monuments and Memorials. We appreciate all who have reached out to us with the desire of helping. While the Commission currently assesses the damage to begin proper repairs, please know we share the same concerns.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, you may sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-CeBMXXGWDMICNKpkLWwyC1gt7QWDnCletiBGIJHUXaqDwQ/viewform, this is the centralized point of contact for manpower.

Or please consider giving a donation in support of our mission to honor all our Hoosier veterans: https://www.indianawarmemorials.org/donate/.

Happy Memorial Day! Today we remember, honor and mourn the military personnel who have died valiantly defending our free...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day! Today we remember, honor and mourn the military personnel who have died valiantly defending our freedom. Enjoy your weekend and take a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom! #IndianaWarMemorials #MemorialDay

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05/20/2020
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Looking for some outdoor adventures, or just a new place to take in the fresh air? Here are some of #LoveIndy's favorite outdoor spaces. Time to go explore! 🍃🌊

Indy Parks and Recreation | Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick | Newfields | Indiana War Memorials | White River State Park

Today at the Circle!
05/20/2020

Today at the Circle!

Happy Armed Forces Day! Today we celebrate the unification of the armed forces under the Department of Defense. Thank yo...
05/16/2020

Happy Armed Forces Day! Today we celebrate the unification of the armed forces under the Department of Defense. Thank you to all the men and women of all the United States Armed Forces and sacrifices they have made for our great country. #IndianaWarMemorials #HappyArmedForcesDay

Today and every Wednesday through October come down to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and visit the Farmer’s Market -...
05/13/2020

Today and every Wednesday through October come down to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and visit the Farmer’s Market - normally located at the City Market but due to road construction now set up around the Circle.

Happy Mother’s Day! ⁣⁣Thank you to all our mothers, especially thank you to the fearless mothers who serve in the United...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day! ⁣

Thank you to all our mothers, especially thank you to the fearless mothers who serve in the United States Military and all the mothers who have raised the men and women who serve! #HappyMothersDay #indianawarmemorials

-Staff Sgt. Leeann Boaz, US Army⁣
-Lt. Col. Lisa Kopczynski, US Army ⁣
-Staff Sgt. Ashley Westfall, US Army ⁣
-Staff Sgt. Cambria Sparks, US Army ⁣
-Lt. Col. Elizabeth Murphy, US Army ⁣
-Sgt. Major Angie Roman, US Army ⁣
-Capt. Hellen Sahm, US Air Force ⁣

(Photos: IN National Guard) ⁣

Today we celebrate Victory in Europe, also known as VE Day. It was on this day, 75 years ago, the Allies formally accept...
05/08/2020

Today we celebrate Victory in Europe, also known as VE Day. It was on this day, 75 years ago, the Allies formally accepted Nazi Germany's surrender, bringing an end to World War II in Europe.

#indianawarmemorials #VEday #VictoryinEurope #WWII

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The month of May means something special here in Indiana. While May will be looking a little different this year, it wil...
05/01/2020

The month of May means something special here in Indiana. While May will be looking a little different this year, it will always be military appreciation month. Let us not forget our military men and women in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Space Force and National Guard as well as the contribution of their families. Together, Indiana thanks you for your service! #indianawarmemorials #militaryappreciationmonth #thankyou

When you support Indiana War Memorials Foundation on #GivingTuesday, you support preserving history & honoring Hoosier h...
12/03/2019
IWMF Donate – Indiana War Memorials Foundation

When you support Indiana War Memorials Foundation on #GivingTuesday, you support preserving history & honoring Hoosier heroes, which allows current & future generations to appreciate the real stories of Indiana men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Shop online at Amazon any time during the year and they’ll donate 0.5% to the Indiana War Memorials Foundation. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Indiana War Memorials Foundation.” Then, start shopping!

We invite you to remember your veterans by visiting the Indiana War Memorial with your family. Open Weds. through Sun., ...
11/30/2019

We invite you to remember your veterans by visiting the Indiana War Memorial with your family. Open Weds. through Sun., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
https://bit.ly/2R58Aja

The holidays are almost here! Shop online at Amazon Smile and Indiana War Memorials Foundation will receive 0.5% of your...
11/29/2019

The holidays are almost here! Shop online at Amazon Smile and Indiana War Memorials Foundation will receive 0.5% of your purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com and choose Indiana War Memorials Foundation. Then, start shopping! It's that simple. You shop. Amazon gives. We receive.

We are thankful for our military families at home and overseas!
11/28/2019

We are thankful for our military families at home and overseas!

We hope you’ll visit Monument Circle to see Shining A Light! This patriotic light show premiered on November 9th, and ru...
11/27/2019

We hope you’ll visit Monument Circle to see Shining A Light! This patriotic light show premiered on November 9th, and runs 365 days a year, starting at 6:30 p.m. now until March (time will be adjusted in March when seasons change). #shiningalightindy
https://bit.ly/2Da5oe0

Photo used by permission.
Copyright (2019): W. O. Stark.

As you enjoy the Canal, take a moment to reflect on the Medal of Honor recipients and their families.
11/14/2019
Medal of Honor Memorial – Indiana War Memorials Foundation

As you enjoy the Canal, take a moment to reflect on the Medal of Honor recipients and their families.

EXPLORE Medal of Honor Memorial This memorial pays tribute to 3,462 Medal of Honor recipients representing 15 different conflicts. A series of 27 curved glass walls is etched with the names of all recipients, their branch of service and the locations of their heroic actions. Hours: Open from dawn to...

This Veterans Day we recognize and thank all veterans who served or are serving our country in wartime or peacetime. Lea...
11/11/2019

This Veterans Day we recognize and thank all veterans who served or are serving our country in wartime or peacetime. Learn more about why we commemorate Veterans Day in our blog - https://bit.ly/2Q3CeVD.
#VeteransDay

We hope you will join us for the Veterans Day Service on Monday, November 11, starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Indiana War ...
11/10/2019
2019 Indianapolis Veterans Day Service – Indiana War Memorials Foundation

We hope you will join us for the Veterans Day Service on Monday, November 11, starting at 11:00 a.m. in the Indiana War Memorial Pershing Auditorium. A patriotic musical prelude provided by the Indiana National Guard's 38th Division Band begins at 10:30 a.m. Note that the parade has been canceled due to predicted inclement weather conditions. https://bit.ly/33uuNKS

Due to inclement weather, the Veterans Day Service will be moved inside to the Indiana War Memorial Pershing Auditorium and the Veterans Day Parade has been cancelled. Please join us to recognize the Veterans of Indiana so that their deeds and sacrifices will not be forgotten. Details

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, November 9, from 4-7 p.m. on Monument Circle for the premiere of Shining A Light! ht...
11/07/2019

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, November 9, from 4-7 p.m. on Monument Circle for the premiere of Shining A Light!
https://bit.ly/32q7tN0
#ShiningALightIndy

This month’s Story of Service recognizes General David M. Shoup’s heroism. We encourage you to visit the Indiana War Mem...
11/06/2019

This month’s Story of Service recognizes General David M. Shoup’s heroism. We encourage you to visit the Indiana War Memorial to learn more about his service and the service of other Hoosier veterans. https://bit.ly/2Nivmlp

November is the month in which we honor Veterans (11 November) as well as military families. IWM honors your sacrifice a...
11/04/2019

November is the month in which we honor Veterans (11 November) as well as military families. IWM honors your sacrifice and service. https://bit.ly/2oGebAE

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The War Memorial is truly the jewel of Indianapolis. It is a beautiful architectural masterpiece and I rank it in the top 5 important places to visit in the city.
How could I get hired here? What are the qualifications?
Please let me know how I can help to clean up and protect the memorials.
It’s time for the state of Indiana to secure the Indiana Monument Circle. Desecration of the monument is permitted by the city of Indianapolis at the direction of the Mayor. That monument is not there to further civil concerns of various groups that obviously do NOT respect the true nature of that and all monuments in the CAPITAL CITY. Fence it in. Call your congressman, Governors office. This is your memorial, they spray painted on the memory of the sacrifice yours and my Hoosier veteran family members made to further the freedom of our country and Indiana. #PROTECTTHEMEMORIAL
To all my friends at the Indiana War Memorial and also the USS Indianapolis Radio room. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Ted
Getting ready for our 4th trip to Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America day December 14th Google MSNBC taking the Hill Wreaths Across America to see how one man in Maine started this wonderful ceremony honoring our Veterans.
Would call attention to my craigs list-Birmingham, Al. post...No. 6978800227...This I have done in order that the men of the USS Indianapolis will not only be honored but also not ever be forgotten. the Trunks / Cases listed represent the story and WW2 Strategy prevalent for winning the War in the Pacific..thus saving thousands of lives by not having to invade Imperial Japan. My Dad would have been part of that invasion force. I have his letters home to Mom telling of the "Move to the Pacific"...Mother was not happy...he'd been gone 2 yrs and 7 months and was apart of Air Echelon Command and Control...in Europe...he knew of the plans and the bombs. I hope to get enough money to fund both his memory and the memory of those Brave Souls who were lost...which without their Service / Sacrifice the War would have waged on for God knows how long. Thanks for your time and countenance... Lee C. Parker, son.
I hope we can get one of these at the memorial.
My 2nd Great-Uncle S/Sgt Melvin W. J. Rouse Melvin was in G Company in the 377th Inf. Regt. of the 95th Div. Killed In The Battle Of Metz On November 21st 1944 Born Near Beech Grove Indiana
This is probably a silly question but I like to run the stairs here and they were fenced off for quite sometime. Are they open again? When will the scaffolding come down?
We should make a trip sometime to see this 😊
A truly awe inspiring place!