Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4: Indianapolis War Memorial

On this date in History .. July 4, 1927:  

General John Pershing lays the cornerstone to the Indiana War Memorial Museum Building in Indianapolis Indiana. 

It was originally built to honor veterans of WWI and is modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the world, built in 350 BC. 

There are over 400 military flags in the museum, 300 of which are from the Civil War. 

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District in downtown Indianapolis covers a 5-block area, has 24 acres of memorials, fountains , sculptures and statues, making Indianapolis “… 2nd only to Washington DC in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans.” 

The south side of the museum has a 24’  bronze sculpture by Henry Hering, which at the time was the largest sculpted bronze casting ever made in in America. 

Admission is free to this incredible monument & museum.


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