Light Up the Holidays With a Visit to the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument

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Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors MonumentBe sure to include a visit to the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument on your list of fun things to do this holiday season. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the monument in the city’s Circle Center transforms into a giant Christmas tree strung with nearly 5,000 lights and innumerable strands of garland. The evening’s festivities include performances by local talents, and culminate with a visit from Santa, the official tree lighting, and fireworks!

 

Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument:

  • The Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument is the largest monument in the United States to be dedicated to the common soldier. It stands in the center of the city in Monument Circle.
  • At 284.5 feet tall, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is just 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
  • The monument took 12 years to complete and is crafted from Indiana limestone.
  • Victory, the bronze figure at the top of the monument, faces south to welcome home soldiers returning from battle.
  • The four statues at the corners of the monument represent the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy.
  • A box hidden in the cornerstone of the monument contains a list of Indiana soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War, a Civil-war battle flag, and a photograph of the monument’s designer Bruno Schmitz.
  • The Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum is located in the lower level of the monument. It features photographs, documents, letters and artifacts from the approximately 200,000 Hoosier soldiers who fought during the Civil War.

 

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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Pat, it's such fun to read about the festivities around the country during the Christmas/Holiday season. The photo of the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument all lit up is so pretty. What a fabulous tribute to our soldiers, filled with history!

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Pat. Thanks for sharing that. What a magnificent monument. 'Let there be peace on earth'.

Dec 02, 2010 07:02 AM #2
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Lee and Pamela--I agree---one of the best parts of AR is getting to 'visit' other places and see how they celebrate.  I will bet NC has some WONDERFUl historical places decorated for the holidays!

Charles--It is a really beautiful monument and it is literally in the center of Indianapolis.  Fourth of July is pretty neat there too. "Let there be peace and let it begin with me!"

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Pat  I agree with you, Lee and Pamela - AR is a regular travelogue - I've learned so much about the history, beauty and customs of so many areas in my three years on AR

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What a beautiful picture of a beautiful monument.  I love the part about the hidden box, so cool!

Dec 03, 2010 12:12 PM #5
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Karen--I love your new photo!  I thought the other one was gorgeous, but this is really nice!  I can only imagine all I will learn in 2 1/2 more years!!

Sharon--I think it is a very special monument.  So glad you enjoyed the picture and the details!

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Hi Pat -- I love reading about different areas, and thanks for sharing this history about such an important landmark. Those lights must be amazing to see at dark when the snow covers the ground.  I was in the Navy for four years so it's always interesting to see what other cities and communities do for our veterans.

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Chris--My father was in the Navy in World War II---so naturally that branch of the military holds a special place in my heart!  Glad you enjoyed the post.  This is one of my most favorite spots in Indianapolis!

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