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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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Meet Jennifer Watson the Indiana War Memorials Collections Manager

Over the coming months, we’re highlighting our staff at the Indiana War Memorials. Our dedicated team is passionate about honoring Hoosier veterans and sharing their stories of valor and sacrifice. With that in mind, it seems only fitting that our first staff feature is on Collections Manager Jennifer Watson. Jennifer came to us in May […]
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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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