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  Medal of Honor Memorial
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The highest award a United States Military man or woman can recieve is the Congressional Medal of Honor. This light blue and white neck-badge is awarded to those who have "performed an act of such conspicuous gallantry as to rise 'above and beyond the call of duty.'" Of all military personel since 1861, only 3,459 have been awarded, thus without saying it is an honor to receive such a prize.

The memorial honors all of those who have won this prestigous award by placing their name, city, and state on a specific wall in this memorial. The memorial is located on the White River Canal Walk on the northern bank. A group of 27 curved glass walls between 7 and 10 feet make up the memorial which represent 15 conflicts the United States have been a part of. There is also a audio/visual display that allows visitors to listen and watch stories regarding their award. The memorial was dedicated on May 28, 1999, the last Memorial Day weekend of the 20th century.

The Indianapolis memorial, is the only memorial in the United States that honors the most highly decorated and respected soldiers. There is no other Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial in the USA. Only around 3,500 soldiers have ever earned this award, more than half were awarded after death. The name of each recipient is marked into one of the 27 curved glass mountings. Visitors will walk through free of charge in one of the most beautiful areas in all of Indianapolis.

Directions: White River Canal behind the IMAX Theater

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2004
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