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Keep Indy Warm, October - November 2, 2014

Last winter was brutal - the coldest in 25 years, particularly for the homeless. The IWM is partnering with a coalition of faith-based and professional service providers to "Keep Indy Warm" this winter for our homeless neighbors. Please donate winter hats, insulated gloves, thermal socks, scarves and hand warmers in the main lobby of the Indiana War Memorial. The drive ends Sunday, November 2. For more information, please contact info@indyhomelessconnections.com.

Military Tribute Quilt, May 26 - November 11, 2014

The Indiana War Memorial Museum is proud to host the Military Tribute Quilt, created by Grace and Hannah Atherton, to honor veterans of the U.S. military and support those currently serving. In the center is a painting by Grace Atherton honoring those who served from World War II to the present, surrounded by the photographs and signatures of 58 veterans representing all branches of service who previously served or sacrificed their lives. Grace Atherton is partnering with Soldiers’ Angels to raise at least $10,500 through donations to send 350 care packages, at an average cost of $30 each including postage, to current service members. For every donation of $250 or more, Soldiers’ Angels will print and send ten postcards of the center painting to the donor. The quilt will be on display at the Indiana War Memorial from Memorial Day to Veterans Day, 2014. For more information, or to make a donation, please see Grace’s page here: https://www.youcaring.com/militarytributequiltforcarepackages

Colonel H. James Kasler, May 1, 2014

The Indiana War Memorial Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring Indiana native Colonel James H. Kasler, fighter ace, POW, and the only person to ever receive three Air Force Crosses. Kasler was a veteran of 198 combat missions spanning three wars. He first served as a tail gunner aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber in World War II. He then shot down six enemy MiGs in his North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter during the Korean War, becoming a fighter ace. Finally, his Republic F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber was shot down during the Vietnam War, and he was captured and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for over six years. As of 2014, Kasler is the tenth most-highly decorated person in the US military who did not receive the Medal of Honor.