*COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the direction of Governor Eric Holcomb and recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Indiana War Memorial are temporarily closed beginning March 20, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In addition, all scheduled programs, activities, and events have been postponed or suspended during this period. Please check our website or call for updates.
The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District includes 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. No state has a city with more monuments dedicated to veterans than Indiana's capital, and no city in the country 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 Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is composed of predominantly Neoclassical buildings and structures, landscaped open space, and sculptural ensembles. The district is flanked on the west by Meridian Street, the primary north-south route running through the center of the city and on the east by Pennsylvania Street. Because of its location between two primary north-south traffic arteries, the Plaza provides a monumental entrance to the Indianapolis business district from the north.
The plaza, along with the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument, two blocks to the south, and the USS Indianapolis Memorial, the Medal of Honor Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial on the Canal, comprise the holdings of the Indiana War Memorial Commission. The commission operates these facilities in pursuit of the inscription carved in stone above the main entrance to the World War Memorial:
"To commemorate the valor and sacrifice of the land, sea and air forces of the United State and all who rendered faithful and loyal service at home and overseas in the World War; to inculcate a true understanding and appreciation of the privileged of American citizenship; to inspire patriotism and respect for the laws to the end that peace may prevail, justice be administered, public order maintained and liberty perpetuated."