Of all the many great day trips from Indianapolis, none are more inspiring than the trips to the various veterans and war memorials. These venerable sites, located within a stone’s throw of Indianapolis, proudly stand for the very best of Indiana‘s heritage. A visit to experience them will provide lifelong memories for Indianapolis children of all ages.
Here is a directory of some of the great veterans’ and war memorials that are just a day trip from Indianapolis. By following the links, you will find some detailed articles and lots of photographs.
Veterans’ and War Memorials | Day Trips from Indianapolis
Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans in Columbus, Indiana
Next to the Bartholomew County Courthouse building, 170 men and one woman are honored at this memorial site. All these veterans gave the ultimate sacrifice in America’s 20th century wars. The memorial pillars stretch 40 feet high with names and personal stories inscribed for all to see. The lone female honored here was a WWII test pilot named Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She is a local legend who tragically died in a military plane crash. She is one of many soldiers recognized at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans, and their stories will be preserved here for many generations to come.
Museum of the Soldier in Portland, Indiana
This military history museum attracts veterans, history buffs, field trips, family vacations and day trips from Indianapolis. Exhibits at this Indiana museum honor and commemorate soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, their lives.
Pigeon Roost Massacre State Historic Site in Scottsburg, Indiana
Pioneer and Indian conflicts were common during the early 1800s, and one village in Scottsburg, Indiana was no different. Twenty-four people were known to have been killed there, wiping out nearly the entire village of pioneers. This is one of many conflicts that led to the War of 1812 in the west, and today young Hoosiers can come and get a piece of history. The lessons to be learned by this state historic site are endless. A monument stands in the area to commemorate those who died, and the surrounding park serves as a site for visitors to enjoy. The area is a beautiful place for a quiet and serene picnic.
Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in West Lafayette, Indiana
This historical park is a monument to a very important 1811 battle between Tecumseh’s American Indian Federation and U.S. military troops led by General William Henry Harrison. This conflict fueled the flames for the War of 1812, and although it only lasted a few hours, several were left dead or wounded. Harrison’s victory in this historic battle was a driving force in his presidential campaign, making this battlefield an important site in American political history, and of course military history. Today, a monument stands in honor of those who served and died on the grounds. West Lafayette is a great spot for a day trip from Indianapolis, and it’s also home to Purdue University, Columbian Park and many more Indiana attractions.
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