Welcome to the Indiana War Memorials
The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District contains a 30,000 square foot museum complete with military equipment and artifacts, three parks, four fountains, and 25 acres of monuments, statues, and sculptures in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, making the state's capital second only to Washington D.C. in the number of monuments dedicated to veterans. There is no city in the country that maintains more acreage honoring veterans than Indianapolis. It is also home to the American Legion National Headquarters, which is the largest veterans' organization in the world. The IWM Commission operates these facilities in pursuit of its primary mission: to commemorate the valor and sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces and to honor Hoosier veterans and Indiana's role in the nation's conflicts.
For more information, please visit the Indiana War Memorials Foundation.
Hours of Operation
- The Indiana War Memorial Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- The IWM Business Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
- The Soldiers & Sailors Monument is open Wednesday-Sunday (May to October) or Friday-Sunday (November to April) from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
- The War Memorials are closed on all National and State holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Bricks of Honor
The Indiana War Memorials Foundation commemorates veterans with "Bricks of Honor". Each brick is engraved with a veteran's name, rank, branch and dates of service, and placed around the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in the heart of Indianapolis, ensuring that our heroes will not be forgotten by future generations. You can order a brick for $100 tax-deductible charitable donation. You may also request the location of your brick and schedule a ceremony to have it installed with the veteran and family present. Bricks of Honor are prepared and installed on a quarterly basis as weather permits. For more information, please visit IWMF's Bricks of Honor page, or download the brochure.
Girl Scouts for Old Glory
The Indiana War Memorials has collaborated with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to collect US Flags that should be retired. The purpose of the collection is to provide a proper way of retiring the flags, which will take place at the Girl Scouts summer camps where the scouts will learn the history and meaning of flag retirement. Flags will be collected at the Indiana War Memorial throughout the year. US Flags that are structurally damaged or faded should be respectfully retired. This program provides for proper retirement and presents a learning opportunity for the Girl Scouts. Click here to listen to an interview about the program on WFYI's "No Limits".
- Indiana War Memorials Commission Meeting: The next quarterly meeting of the IWMC will be held in Woodfill Boardroom at the Indiana War Memorial on: 13 September 2019 at 10:00 AM.
- The Indiana Gold Star Families Memorial: Please see the Indiana Gold Star Families Memorial brochure, and the Indiana Gold Star Families Memorial website for more information.
- Downtown Indy Inc. and the Indiana War Memorials Commission recently received a $7.6 million grant to upgrade the lighting and establish a permanent sound system on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to increase awareness of the property. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
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