Memorial Day is set aside as a time to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our nation's armed forces. Indiana's military museums offer a compelling glimpse into the sacrifices and triumphs of our veterans. Whether you're a history buff or looking to educate your family about the valor of our servicemen and women, these museums provide a profound way to reflect on the legacy of courage and dedication that Memorial Day represents. Keep reading to learn more about some must-visit military museums in Indiana that capture the spirit of this solemn holiday.

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The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day has been around for over 150 years, going back to May 30, 1868, when Major General John A. Logan, the leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance. It was originally called "Decoration Day" since the tradition was to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags, flowers, and wreaths.

In the following years, many cities and states began to recognize Memorial Day as a legal holiday. Finally, 103 years later, in 1971, Congress made Memorial Day a national holiday, to be observed on the last Monday in May each year.

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Memorial Day Isn't a "Happy" Kind of Holiday

It has become a tradition to wish people a 'Happy' holiday - Happy Mother's Day, Happy Father's Day, Happy 4th of July, etc. Memorial Day, however, really isn't one of those kinds of days. Remember, the day is meant to honor the courage and sacrifice of soldiers who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, so we're not really celebrating anything. Just be mindful of what the day means to those who have lost loved ones in the service. Have a great time, enjoy the day, but most importantly, remember what it's all about.

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Indiana Military Museums

Indiana is home to a wide variety of military museums. Visiting them not only honors the memory of our servicemen and women but also ensures their stories are passed down to future generations. This Memorial Day, take the time to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans and let their legacy inspire us all to uphold the values they fought to protect.

Keep this list of Indiana military museums handy and take advantage of any opportunity to visit them during your travels through Indiana. We have a couple of great ones right here in Evansville, by the way, so you should probably start with them.

12 Must-Visit Indiana Military Museums

Keep this list handy, and then next time you're on a road trip around Indiana, you might be able to plan a visit to one of the following museums. We have a couple of great ones right here in Evansville, by the way, so you should probably start with those.

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Even more Indiana museums...

The Most Unique Museums in Indiana

Indiana is home to a whole bunch of museums, several of which house some pretty unique, unusual, and unreal items. Here is a list of 14 such museums from all around the Hoosier state. I decided to list them in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

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See Inside Evansville's Wartime Museum

The City of Evansville played an extremely important role in WWII. Evansville's Wartime Museum is a great place to learn the stories behind the history of the war.

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