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Bricks of Remembrance Program to Honor Hoosier Veterans

9/23/2012

The Indiana War Memorial Foundation is launching a new "Bricks of Remembrance" program to memorialize Hoosier veterans. Each brick will be engraved with the name, rank, branch and dates of service of an individual veteran, and placed at Monument Circle. These dedicated bricks will encircle the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Bricks can be purchased for a $100 charitable donation.

Stewart Goodwin, Executive Director of the Indiana War Memorial Commission says the program will begin with the dedication of five bricks, including two honoring former Indiana Governors Edgar Whitcomb and Joe Kernan. "We have selected 5 Hoosiers who have simply amazing backgrounds and are such great representatives of our state."

Governor Edgar Whitcomb served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and twice escaped POW camps. Governor Joe Kernan served as a Navy Fighter Pilot in Vietnam. He was shot down and spent 11 months in a POW camp. Kernan went on to receive the Navy Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District contains two museums, three parks, and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures, and fountains in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, making the state's capital second only to Washington D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans.

Bricks for the "Bricks of Remembrance" program can be purchased for a $100 charitable donation.

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