The city of Indianapolis is renowned for its many significant memorials, which honor those who served in the War of Independence, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Border War, and the Spanish-American War. The most iconic of these is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which stands 284 and a half feet tall and is a symbol of Indianapolis and Indiana. The Indiana World War Memorial and Museum is located nearby and offers a 30,000-square-foot museum that displays American military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. It is open Wednesday through Sunday at 9 a.m.
Just south of the World War Memorial is University Park, which was used as a training ground for Union troops during the Civil War. After the war ended, Indianapolis came together to create a fund to convert it into a park. The USS Indianapolis Memorial is located at the north end of the Canal in White River State Park. It was designated as a National Monument by an act of Congress and is one of only 26 monuments with this distinction outside of Washington D. C.
Also located at the north end of the Indy Canal in White River State Park is the Congressional Medal of Honor Monument, which has engraved fragments of Hoosier soldier's notes, as well as a summary of the United States' participation in the war. Indianapolis has more monuments and historic monuments than any other city in the United States (apart from Washington D. C.). The Indiana War Memorial Square was built in the 1920s and houses the National Headquarters for several cities that competed for it. Visiting these memorials is an excellent way to learn about Indianapolis' history and pay tribute to those who served in America's wars. Whether you're looking for an educational experience or just want to take in some beautiful monuments, Indianapolis has something for everyone.