Buffalo Soldiers Research Museum

Travel Guide

The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, located in Indianapolis, IN, honors all Medal of Honor recipients. It was dedicated on May 28, 1999 (the last Memorial Day of the century). On hand for the dedication were 95 of the 156 living Medal of Honor recipients, as well as a crown of nearly 15,000.

The Memorial features glass panels etched with the names of 3,410 recipients, their branch of service, and the location of their heroic action. Throughout the day and night, stories recorded by Medal of Honor recipients are played, telling of courage, heroism, and human spirit. A touch-screen monitor is available for visitors to learn more about each recipient and the Medal of Honor Society. The monitor is linked to various Internet sites.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial is located along the White River Canal Walk, a three-mile urban park that winds through the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is just north of the Eiteljorg Museum and the IMAX Theater in Military Park. The Memorial is a group of 27 curved glass walls, each between 7 and 10 feet tall. The walls represent the 15 conflicts dating back to the Civil War.

The Memorial is handicapped accessible. Parking garages are available east of West St., as well as the Eiteljorg Museum and the IMAX Theater. Admittance is free. For more information, call (317) 261-6646 or visit www.ipalco.com.

Other memorials for Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipients are located all across the U.S. A few are listed below:

Recognition of Medal of Honor heroes in recent years have come closer to the Heartland area. In 1984, there was a successful effort to move Sgt. Brent Woods' remains from a community cemetery in Somerset, Kentucky, where only a rock marked his grave. He was moved to Mill Spring National Cemetery in Pulaski County where the Veterans Administration provided a proper Medal of Honor tombstone.

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