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Designed in the style of neoclassical Greece, the Indiana World War Memorial remains a keystone of the downtown Indianapolis Veterans Memorial Plaza. Rising 210 feet the limestone square shrine has a pyramidal dome and six Ionic columns per side. At the top of the columns are magnificent Greek-inspired sculptures of Courage, Memory, Peace, Victory, Liberty and Patriotism. The entrance way of the memorial is composed of marble floors and wall and is richly decorated. The memorial is comprised of three levels inside including a magnificent Shrine Room which is the centerpiece. The room towers 110 feet tall by 60 feet and 24 red Vermont marble columns support the ceiling; the red color represents the blood spilt in the First World War. The Star of Destiny dangles from the ceiling above a large US flag that hangs above the Alter of Consecration, which is meant as a place to honor those who fell in combat. Around the interior are a series of sculpted friezes that represent the chronology of the war from the time the US entered. On the main floor of the memorial are listed all the names of those from Indiana who participated in World War I and there are names of those who died fighting in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Outside on the south side of the Memorial is a large cast bronze statue of known as Pro Patria; it depicts a man draped in a US flag ad reaching his hands upward toward heaven. The statue sits on a pink granite base and is 24 feet high. The Indiana World War Memorial is truly awe-inspiring and stands as a powerful symbol of patriotism and sacrifice.
[url=http:// http://www.in.gov/iwm/2333.htm]Indiana War Memorial[/url]

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