Memorial Day Weekend is the long awaited three (sometimes four) day weekend that unofficially kicks off the summer travel season. Everyone heads to their favorite shore spot to get relax in the sun and sand.
But the official reason for this holiday is to commemorate those that have fought valiantly for our country and there’s no more evidence of that than the monuments scattered around the USA. However, most of these beautiful works of art aren’t confined to Washington D.C. Behold, our list of majestic, lesser known memorials that are worth a visit.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument – Indianapolis, Indiana
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, this 242-foot high monument serves as a memorial to all of the Indianapolis natives who lost their lives in the American wars in the 18th and 19th century. The monument also serves as a Christmas tree for the city, a ceremony known as the Circle of Lights, during the holiday season with decorations beginning the day after Thanksgiving.
San Jacinto Memorial- La Porte, Texas
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and this monument is no exception. Clocking in at 567 feet tall, it is the largest monumental column in the world! Commemorating the decisive battle for Texan independence, this monument is a popular tourist attraction located at the San Jacinto Battleground Historic Site near Houston.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Honolulu, Hawaii
This memorial actually spans three states – California, Alaska and Hawaii. The biggest site is in Hawaii which is the final resting place for the infamous USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row.
Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located in the historic Washington Square section of Philadelphia, this monument honors soldiers who gave their life for their country during the Revolutionary War. There’s a mass grave located behind the memorial for soldiers who, as the plaque reads, “died to give you liberty.”
Which monuments are the best kept secrets in your state? Let us know in the comments. Have a safe, happy Memorial Day!