Sylvain Landry’s Challenge – Week 19: Monument – the Indiana World War Memorial

Very appropriately on this the day before Armistice Day (or Veterans’ Day, as we refer to it here in the U.S.), the Indiana World War Memorial stands just north of the center of Indianapolis. I have posted earlier on the Shrine Room and the Pershing Auditorium that occupy a large part of the interior of this structure. This post shows the exterior of this well-crafted monument. I will repeat the historical text here that appeared in one of those earlier posts to set the context:

Following World War I, the War to End All Wars, the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis elected to set aside five city blocks as a memorial plaza commemorating the end of the war and a future of peace and unity in the world. The centerpiece of the plaza is the World War Memorial. Although the political realities of the world have stymied those who truly seek peace and unity, the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza still represents that ideal.

The Indiana World War Memorial mimics the design of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. General John Pershing laid the cornerstone on July 4, 1927. However, several issues delayed completing the memorial until 1965. I was a part of one of the first grade-school classes that had a field trip to the memorial that year. Fifty years later, I returned for my second visit, long overdue, to marvel at this fine work of art.

The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza received the National Historic Landmark District designation on October 11, 1994.

(Click on a picture to open either of the galleries and see this monument more closely!)

There is another monument in the Indianapolis downtown that I talk about in a post from just a few days ago – the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument – the first ever monument in the United States dedicated to the common soldier.

See more ‘monuments’ at Sylvain Landry’s Challenge – Week 19: Monument!


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