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Circle of Lights: Meet the crew from the IBEW 481 who bring holiday magic to Indianapolis every year!

The Circle of Lights has been one of Indianapolis’ favorite holiday traditions for decades. The tradition is possible thanks to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 481 (IBEW) volunteer electricians and Downtown Indy, Inc. whose hard work create this magical experience for Hoosiers every year. Throughout the month of December people flock from all over […]
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20th Anniversary of 9/11: A Reflection on our Nation’s Resolve and Resiliency

20th Anniversary of 9/11: A Reflection on our Nation’s Resolve and Resiliency Most of us vividly remember the exact moment, nearly 20 years ago, when we learned about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Greg Hess had just walked in from a shift at the fire department. His dad called […]
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General John J. Pershing

A brief history of the highest decorated U.S. General and the auditorium that still holds his name. Early Life General John J. Pershing was born in 1860 on a farm near Laclede, Missouri, to John Fletcher Pershing and Ann Elizabeth Thompson. After completing high school in 1878, Pershing pursued a teaching career at State Normal […]
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The Shrine Room

Often considered one of Indiana’s best kept secrets, the Indiana War Memorial is a well-recognized symbol of downtown Indianapolis. It holds an array of historical artifacts and quite a few surprises.  The cornerstone of the Memorial was laid on July 4, 1927 after World War I to attract the newly formed American Legion National Headquarters […]
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Gold Star Families Memorial Monument 

In April 2021, the Indiana War Memorials Commission broke ground on the first monument constructed within the Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District since 1998. Located just south of Indianapolis’ Central Public Library, on the northeast side of the American Legion Mall near the intersection of St. Clair and Pennsylvania Streets, the Gold Star Families […]
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