Indianapolis is home to the 2nd most memorials and monuments honoring veterans (Washington, DC has more) in America.

Soldiers and Sailors monument in Indianapolis


The Soldiers and Sailors monument is no doubt the most well-known and sits right in the center of downtown. A woman known as Victory is positioned atop the memorial where she welcomed home those who survived the war Civil War; but, this monument also commemorates the valor of all Indiana military men and women in all wars prior to World War I.



The World War Memorial was originally built to honor World War I veterans but now pays homage to Hoosiers who served during all wars. The Shrine Room is breathtaking with its 24 stained glass windows and marble pillars, which guard carvings of six heroic figures sculpted in stone representing courage, memory, peace, victory, liberty, and patriotism.   A 17-by-30 foot American flag is suspended from the center of the room. The main floor is home to a listing of the names of all Hoosiers who participated in World War I. Kiosks throughout the museum list the names of Hoosiers who served from all other conflicts.  A military museum in the lower level allows visitors to follow the history of Indiana soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe through the most recent conflicts.



The Congressional Medal of Honor is beautifully lit at night in a one-acre memorial located on the north side of the Central Canal in White River State Park.  3,459 Medal of Honor recipients are recognized in this memorial and you can hear their stories in their own voices via recordings at dusk.



The USS Indianapolis Situated on the east bank of the Central Canal, the USS Indianapolis Memorial was built to recognize those who died on the last U.S. ship to sink in World War II. The gray and black granite monument stands in the shape of the USS Indianapolis with the story of the sinking etched on one side and, on the other side, the names of all of those who served. Approximately 1,200 sailors were on board; only 317 survived.



These are just a few of the memorials you will find. Check with Indiana War Memorials for more information.



You might find it interesting that Indianapolis is also the national headquarters for the American Legion and the American Legion Library.The office of the National Historian is located in the Library. While most of the year the National Historian is in his or her home state, correspondence and matters of post and department histories are coordinated in Indianapolis. Items you can find in the library include charters, documents, and artifacts.