This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows the Cenotaph of the World War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana
In the center of Indiana's capital city - Indianapolis - is an extensive five city block plaza conceived of in 1919 as a memorial to the city's war dead, especially those of the First and then the Second World Wars. The spiritual heart of this complex is Cenotaph Square, depicted in this souvenir fridge magnet. The Square is a sunken garden with a rectangular cenotaph of black granite in the middle. This marker sits on a red and green granite base and around it are four pillars of similar black granite topped with golden eagles. A "cenotaph" is a term for an empty tomb which represents the tomb of a missing person or stands in for the tombs of a group; in this case it originally stood for the dead soldiers buried on the fields of France. The Indianapolis Cenotaph has several inscriptions. On the north face is a memorial to James Bethal Gresham, the first son of Indiana killed in World War I and on the south face the granite reads " A tribute by Indiana to the hallowed memory of the glorious dead who served in the World War."
The World War Memorial is Home to the American Legion
In addition to hosting the memorials, this complex is also home to the national headquarters for the American Legion. Conceived of in 1919 as a social organization for returning veterans, as well as a political pressure group to prevent the rise of Communism, the Legion quickly spread throughout the United States, opening branches in most towns. Indianapolis is still home to the national headquarters of not only the Legion but also its auxiliary groups, such as its women's wing and its "Forty and Eight" spinoff organization.