Press Releases

The First to Fall: A Brief History of Corporal James Bethel Gresham

U.S. Declares War on Germany   The early days of World War I lit a fire throughout Europe, fighting between the Axis and Allied powers erupted in 1914. While the Great War raged on – the United States kept their distance – evading the conflict. However, in April of 1917, as a result of sunken US […]
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Indiana Veterans Center: The First of Its Kind

The Indiana Veterans Center opened in early 2020 as the first centralized location for Hoosier Veterans services, providing access to many needed resources. According to Brigadier General J. Stewart Goodwin USAF (Ret), Executive Director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission, “No other state that we know of offers all these services under one roof. It […]
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Helen Purviance: Salvationist, Doughnut Girl, Teacher and Groundbreaker for Women

World War I drastically changed the way wars were fought, and as a result, the support and care required by the troops changed as well. When the United States joined WWI in April 1917, the Salvation Army was already an established organization. As the war progressed, they emerged as one of the leading organizations providing […]
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Celebrating One of Indiana’s Own: Tuskegee Airman Arthur Lloyd Carter

As World War II began in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt—under pressure from the NAACP and Black newspapers like the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier—expanded the civilian pilot training program in the United States. Not long after, the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC) began training Black Americans at the Tuskegee Army Air Field at Alabama’s […]
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The Congressional Gold Medal Award

The Congressional Gold Medal Award On July 30, 2020, the United States Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal—its highest civilian honor—to the Final Crew of the USS Indianapolis CA 35 during a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial. The virtual ceremony was held on the 75th anniversary of the loss of the vessel. The specially […]
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