Stories of Service

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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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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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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