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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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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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