The Indiana war memorials foundation

Our Mission

To promote public support for the Indiana War Memorials which operates to acknowledge and honor the value and sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines of the United States, and of all who rendered faithful, loyal, heroic and self-sacrificing service at home and overseas, and to inspire patriotism and respect for the laws to the end that peace may prevail, justice be administered, public order maintained and liberty perpetuated; and preserving and promoting the historical and educational activities of the Indiana War Memorials.
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Welcome to the Indiana War Memorials. We believe the IWM Plaza Historic District in downtown Indianapolis (which contains 2 museums and 24 acres of parks, monuments, sculptures, statues, and fountains), is the best historic site in the state of Indiana (if not the United States). No other city in the United States maintains as many acres dedicated to honoring veterans, and only Washington DC has more veterans' monuments.


Our main mission is to honor Hoosier veterans, and ensure that the sacrifices they've made to defend our great nation and preserve our freedoms are not forgotten. We are equally committed to educating citizens about the military history of our state and country, and especially about those who served, and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may live the lifestyle we so often take for granted. In today's world, fewer and fewer citizens serve in the military; therefore, there are fewer civic leaders, legislators, teachers, and parents who can relate first-hand what it means to serve in the Armed Forces. We feel it is important for all Americans, and especially our youth, to hear this story.


We sincerely hope you will visit the Indiana War Memorial Museum, located at 431 N. Meridian St., and the Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum on Monument Circle, whenever your travels bring you to Indianapolis. Both are open to the public and are free. We assure you that you will not be disappointed. Please stop by and see the best kept secret in Indiana, and learn something about the heroes and heritage of our state and country.