Jeff Castner knows that Indianapolis is often referred to as a city of monuments. They have the second most war monuments inside the city (DC has the most). These monuments pay tribute the sons and daughters who have died for their country but also those who lived and carried despite terrible circumstances. The monuments are a great source of pride for Jeff Castner and other longtime inhabitants of the area. The monuments are:
• The soldiers and sailors monument in the middle of the city is one of the most well-known. It is interesting that the monument is located at the geographical center of the city and the city was originally established at the centermost point of the state making the statue as about in the middle as you can get.
• The Medal of Honor Memorial is also located in Indianapolis. It sits on the north bank of central canal. the name of all 3436 medal of Honor recipients names are etched into the memorial
• Military Park is directly across the park from the Medal of Honor memorial. Began in 1926, construction took 39 years. The Plaza is made up of a number of different buildings which honor the veterans of the state.
• The USS Indianapolis Memorial which is in remembrance of the missing sailors from the USS Indianapolis. The ship was sank in 1945 and 300 Sailors went down with the ship another 600 did not survive being stranded in the ocean. The ship had just over 1100 people on board. The memorial is open to the public as an outdoor memorial. It does not ever close. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round.