American Legion Mall
Stretching two city blocks, from St. Clair Street to North Street, the American Legion Mall is the home of the American Legion’s national headquarters.
Open from dawn to dusk
Other features of the mall include:
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL, a half circle of granite and limestone and the newest structure in the plaza
KOREAN AND VIETNAM WAR MEMORIALS, two cylinder structures engraved with names of the wars, excerpts of letters and the names of Hoosiers who lost their lives in these military conflicts
Learn more: Korean War Memorial
Learn more: Vietnam War Memorial
CENOTAPH SQUARE that memorializes the nation’s first casualty of World War I, Corporal James B. Gresham of Company F, 16th Infantry from Evansville, Indiana
The WWII Memorial includes a weatherproof computer with a database of names of all the Hoosiers who lost their lives in WWII, as well as many Hoosier veterans who returned home.
The WWII Memorial was designed to be larger than the Korean and Vietnam Memorials to reflect the size and scale of World War II.
Governor Evan Bayh dedicated the Korean and Vietnam Memorials in 1996.
The Vietnam Memorial is slightly larger than the Korean Memorial to show the relationship between the number of people killed or missing in action in the two wars.
On the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, individuals’ names are placed on the stone in chronological order, based on date the service member perished or became classified as missing in action.
Cenotaph Square was built in 1931.