Grand Army of the Republic

The Grand Army of the Republic memorial in the National Cemetery at Crown Hill Cemetery was dedicated on May 30, 1889. The Civil War monument was donated by the Major Robert Anderson Woman's Relief Corp No. 44 Auxiliary to honor Post No. 369 of the Indiana Grand Army of the Republic.

On the memorial, an eagle poised to take flight perches on a draped globe with cannon barrels beside it. The eagle sits atop a squared pedestal decorated with medals of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Woman's Relief Corps. The entire piece sits atop a tiered base.

Words inscribed on the base read:

In memory of the unknown dead who fell in our country's service in the war for the Union A.D. 1861-65. No name to bid us know who rest below.
No word of death or birth.
Only the grasses wave over the mound of earth,
over a nameless grave.

The memorial is listed on the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It stands sentinel through the years. It invites visitors any day of the year but is perhaps most appreciated on Memorial Day at Crown Hill Cemetery.

On fame's eternal camping-ground,
Their silent tents are spread.
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.

In 2008, Mayor Greg Ballard (pictured below) joined a very long list of distinguished speakers at Crown Hill's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, held on the grounds of the Crown Hill National Cemetery since 1868.

Mayor Greg Ballard standing at podium. With tremendous support from the Indiana Army National Guard, this ceremony also features a thirty minute Band Concert, Howitzer 21-Gun Salute, Black Hawk helicopter Fly-over, the Roll Call of Fallen Hoosier Heroes, Color Guard, and Taps. Our ceremony is also supported by the JROTC students from George Washington Community School and Howe High School, the Young Marines and Civil War re-enactors firing an authentic CW canon in salute of all the fallen.

All Memorial Day events are free and open to the public. We invite you to come out, bring a picnic, chairs or a blanket, and spend the day with us.

Check our Calendar Page to confirm the times below.

12:45 p.m. Civil War Memorial Service
Begins at the Confederate Mound on Sec. 32

1:30 p.m. 38th Division Band Concert
2:00 p.m. Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Takes place at the National Cemetery

3:00 p.m. "Veterans" - a guided walking tour
Departs from the stage following the ceremony